Armed criminals hit elementary school in Ferguson during protests Monday night

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FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)- Some school kids may return from break to find classroom windows boarded.  Armed criminals struck an elementary school in Ferguson during overnight riots this week.

Resident Renwick Ware said, "Now you`re interfering with the school.  You`re messing with the kids` education now."

Students at Griffith Elementary already missed extra classes this week. Now they may see boarded windows and missing electronics when the doors open at 8:30a.m. Monday.

Ware said it`s the work of four men in two cars.  He said, "They had guns on `em and all that and I approached and came out of my driveway, I noticed they were loading stuff up."

Ferguson Police report stolen electronics, some of which they`ve already recovered. Ware says Ferguson officers and National Guardsmen responded quickly after he drove to a command station to report what he witnessed.

Ware said, "I was getting ready to head over to my office because I got a call that they knocked out City Hall windows and they knocked out windows to the office that I was in, so happened that I came out that night I ran right into this."  He added, "One was standing through the sunroof of the white vehicle with his gun in the air."

The Eilman sisters attended Griffith School, when they used to live next door.  Melisa Eilman said, "I loved it, walked right across the street to go to school."

Amy Eilman said, "They need to feel safe while they`re at school.  That`s a place where they need to feel comfortable."

Despite a few boarded windows, the school entry remains welcoming with prideful signs about 90% attendance and bulletin boards encouraging kids to get caught reading.

Follow Chris Hayes on Twitter @ChrisHayesTV.

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