PHOENIX -- Teachers and administrators discovered Tuesday morning that Balsz Elementary School’s library was vandalized sometime over the Presidents' Day weekend.
Principal Dr. Michael Halpert said he learned about a break-in at the library from a phone call in the morning. He then called the librarian to alert her. The vandal or vandals broke a window to enter the library, he said, but not much else was broken. A lot of books were thrown around and drawers were dumped.
"We're curious to find out who did this and really most likely why they did that," said Dr. Halpert.
The librarian called volunteers and parents for help, Halpert said. Teachers, students and volunteers all pitched in to help clean up the damage before school started. Everything was cleaned within about an hour-and-a-half, he said, and the library now looks as though nothing happened.
"Basically what you saw is a school - a community - that something happened to, and they wouldn’t stand for it staying that way," he added.
Halpert said a team is already looking through footage from the school’s security cameras, and he hopes the video can help identify the culprit or culprits.
"The library and the staff, they’re the soul of the school," he said. "So when something happens to one of those pieces, we take a hit. But those things that happen, we find a way to make it a positive experience in the school."