Glasgow vandals smash windows on school's brand new mini bus

Vandals smashed windows on a Glasgow school's brand new minibus during the weekend.

St Francis Primary only took delivery of the vehicle earlier this month after staff spent two and a half years collating school funds together to buy it.

Headteacher Joanne Martin describe the experience as "soul destroying" and it is hoped someone can come to the rescue to get the windows fixed.

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The bus had been parked in the playground and it is believed it may have been targeted on Monday. There are concerns now rain has poured in.

Ms Martin said: "We need these people to be caught. The Gorbals deserves better than this."

Children were looking forward to school trips and particularly P7s who are due to leave soon.

It is feared trips will now have to be cancelled.

The minibus is to be used to take children to new places they may not have the opportunity to visit.

Ms Martin said: "Our vision and commitment to the children is to provide experiences for the children that may not always be possible.

"We want to do the best to serve in the children in our community."

Excursions could include trips on the weekend or evening to the beach according to Ms Martin to give pupils the chance to see areas they would not normally see.

Councillors have expressed anger over the vandalism.

Local councillor Soryia Siddique, Labour, said: "This is so disappointing for pupils and the learning community. This mindless destruction is unacceptable. I will raise it with Glasgow City Council to explore any support that can be provided."

SNP councillor Christina Cannon, education and early years convenor, said: "This is absolutely heartbreaking for the pupils and staff who look forward to this time of year for school trips and outings.

"Whoever did this should be absolutely ashamed."

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 7.45am on Tuesday, 28 May, 2024, we received a report that a vehicle and windows had been damaged at a premises on Old Rutherglen Road, Glasgow.

“Enquiries are ongoing."

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