Thieves vandalize special needs school

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TOWN AND COUNTRY, MO (KTVI)-- Thieves ransacked and burglarized a Town & Country school for special needs children.  Promise Christian Academy educates all types of challenged youngsters, some with Down Syndrome, some with Autism.  The crime really upset the youngsters’ lives.

Joanna Jones-Raymond, a parent, said, “I’m disgusted, I’m horrified.”

The crime forced officials to close the school for the day. Ben Stegmann is a school board member. He said, “It just breaks your heart that someone would target a special needs school and take from these kids who just have the greatest needs too.”

The school rents space from the church next door. The criminals smashed a window in the furnace room to get inside and then began breaking and stealing stuff. Drawers were ransacked, the thieves were apparently looking for money. A micro wave was taken. Expensive therapeutic equipment was thrown on the floor or ripped off. Thousands of dollars of items were ruined or stolen.

Joanna Jones-Raymond added, “It’s infuriating that my child who needs to listen to therapeutic music to calm his body and start the day that somebody came and stole that equipment from him.”

A daily routine for the special needs students is important, that and the love and trust they have here was also taken from them when classes were cancelled. There were tears.  Meredith Heinz the Head of the School said, “His lips started to quiver, and he’s so sad that somebody would do this him.  His school is his life these are where his best friends are, and this is his community.”

Town & County police are investigating. They don’t have any suspects. Whoever did this left behind a trail of sadness.  Heintz said, “They’ve left a hole in our heart.”
It’s believed the church next door also lost its sound system.