Northwest NEWS

June 8, 1998

Valley Special

Snoqualmie buses hit by vandalism

   by Lisa Allen
   Valley View Editor



   SNOQUALMIE--Vandals let the air out of the tires on every bus in the Snoqualmie Valley School District last Friday morning, causing a two-hour student pickup delay. According to Superintendent Rich McCullough, the vandals probably spent a couple of hours during the night disabling the buses.
  
   "We have a suspicion that it was kids," he said. "But the real story is that we are a small community, and, although the problem was discovered around 5:30 a.m., staff began calling businesses in town that have air compressors." McCullough said that about 40 minutes later, employees of businesses such as Weyerhaeuser, Les Schwab and Ken's Truck Town were all at work inflating the tires and within an hour and a half the buses were on the road.
  
   "It was too bad, though, that a whole bunch of kindergarteners and preschoolers never got to go to school that day," he said. "The police are investigating," he said. "We are committed to identifying the culprits and dealing with them aggressively." We are hoping to make this an expensive escapade for them."