Pranksters leave Vail's bus fleet flat

2009-05-19T00:00:00Z Pranksters leave Vail's bus fleet flatBy Alexis Huicochea ARIZONA DAILY STAR Arizona Daily Star

Officials have yet to determine who pulled a senior prank that put 76 Vail school buses out of commission Tuesday morning.

All 76 buses in the fleet were found with flat tires. “Class of ‘09” was also written on a number of windows.

While the tires were not slashed, it took a great deal of work to put air back in them because the buses were so low, said Vail Superintendent Calvin Baker.

Employees were unable to get jacks underneath the buses to raise them up, so special equipment had to be used, Baker said.

Additionally, the graffiti had to be washed off.

Nearly two dozen employees worked from 5:10 to 9:15 a.m. to get the buses back in service for the end of the school day.

The prank did not have much of an impact on attendance, Baker said.

It has not been decided what kind of consequences the pranksters will face, but the Pima County Sheriff’s Department is investigating, Baker said.

“The significant issue here is that while we contacted the media and sent e-mails, not all parents were aware and small children were left unattended at bus stops,” Baker said. “Now I’m sure that was not their intent, but it did put those children in danger.”

“We will catch the students who did this, we’ll look at all of the evidence and make a decision on how to proceed from there,” said Baker.

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