CHILDREN have been forced to stay at home after vandals went on the rampage at a Huddersfield primary school, causing thousands of pounds damage.
More than 20 large windows were smashed, leaving fragments of glass shattered over three classrooms at South Crosland Junior School in Moor Lane, Netherton.
Children in those three classes were told to stay away from school today - the first day back after last week's half-term.
Cleaners got to work today removing the glass and glaziers started replacing the windows.
Headteacher Richard Lindley, pictured showing some of the damage, said: "It's very upsetting and a terrible start to the term."
The vandals broke into a section of the school where sports equipment is stored.
They grabbed tennis rackets, hockey sticks and other plastic sports equipment and made a bonfire on the Tarmac area outside.
"They used the hockey sticks to smash the windows of the classrooms," said Mr Lindley.
"And the bonfire has made a terrible mess of the playground."
The damage is believed to have been committed about midnight on Saturday.
He said he hoped the children would be able to return to school tomorrow.
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