Waco, Texas — An act of vandalism didn't stop officials at the Paul and Jane Myer Boys and Girls Club of Waco from doing what they do best, serving the children.
Wednesday morning, around 7:30 a.m., workers from the Boys and Girls Club arrived to the North 21st Street location to find all eight tires on two buses had been slashed. This in turn caused the scheduled field trip to the movie theater to be canceled. However, shortly after reporting the incident, City Tire and Battery replaced the organization's tires for them. At this time, the non-profit organization does not know how much their insurance will cover for the cost of the tire replacement.
During the summer, the buses are used to take children, who are in camp from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on various field trips in the area. When school is in session, the buses are used to pick up students from 16 area schools and bring them to the center.
The Boys and Girls Club says their first priority was to ensure children could be taken to their planned activities. Their second priority was to worry about who committed the crime.
"Somebody asked me if we had any idea who did it. We didn't concentrate on that yesterday. We concentrated on getting the problem fixed. The police, we did a police report, and of course they'll follow up," said Waco Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Bubba Myers.
This isn't the first time the buses have been a target of vandalism, either. During Christmastime last year, someone broke out the buses' windows.
The Boys and Girls Club is already looking to move past this crime. On Friday, they're expecting the circus to visit the center along with Waco Police Department to share a message of anti-bullying.