By Angela Spears
First Coast News
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- It's the last day of school for students in Duval County. But at one school, it was rocky start even before the first bell rang. Jacksonville Sheriff's Officers, fire fighters and detectives with the State Fire Marshal's Office were at Mandarin High School early Friday morning investigating cases of vandalism and arson.
Police are now looking at five people in connection with the break-in. They say someone broke into a classroom and spray painted graffiti on the walls, chalkboard and some desks. Detective James Little with the State Fire Marshal's Office says some of the graffiti included profanity.
The vandals caused more damage at the high school. Little says they set 100 boxes with brand new desks on fire. The principal of the school, Larry Roziers, says the fire destroyed 80 of the desks. He says he's disappointed this happened, especially on the last day of school. He feels it's been a great year at Mandarin High. Many parents and students feel the vandalism and the fire should not have happened.
Right now, authorities do not have anyone in custody. Little does not know who committed the crimes, but he believes the acts were juvenile.
Even though vandals hit only one classroom, authorities had to block off eight. They were near the crime scene. The principal had to move some students to other classrooms.
Despite how the morning started, Roziers says the education process will not stop. The first bell rang as usual and school went on. High School students in Duval County get out of school for the Summer, at 11:15 this morning.
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