Donation gets Kansas band students back to practice after vandals trash music room

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Anjeanette Ramirez and Evan Koch begin the long process Monday of cleaning up the mess vandals left behind over the weekend.  They're trying to salvage as much as possible, but much is damaged beyond repair. Anjeanette Ramirez and Evan Koch begin the long process Monday of cleaning up the mess vandals left behind over the weekend. They're trying to salvage as much as possible, but much is damaged beyond repair.
Also broken through, the window separating Koch's office space from the general music room.  The window and possibly a doorframe will have to be replaced.  In the foreground, a photo of the high school marching band performing in a parade. Also broken through, the window separating Koch's office space from the general music room. The window and possibly a doorframe will have to be replaced. In the foreground, a photo of the high school marching band performing in a parade.
PRETTY PRAIRIE, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Pretty Prairie band students are getting back to practice, thanks to a donation from the Hutchinson Public Schools.

The district says USD 308 donated all the instruments they need to replace those damaged earlier this month when vandals trashed the music room.

Pretty Prairie schools suspended four students, three of whom are between the ages of 8 and 11, for the incident. 

With this donation, the band students have been able to reschedule their spring concert for May 3rd.


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Three of the students accused of vandalizing a Kansas school's music room, causing up to $75,000 in damage, are between the ages of 8 and 11, the Reno County attorney says.

The Hutch Post reports Reno County Attorney Keith Schroeder said he has only received a brief narrative of what happened and he's only been told about three suspects whose ages are 8, 10 and 11.

“I can’t comment too much on the case because it involves juveniles,” he said.

Damage to the Pretty Prairie High School music room, which could top the $75,000 mark, happened between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. Saturday. Four students were caught on video entering the school and damaging the band room.

Paint was thrown across the floor, walls and over equipment. Most, if not all, the drums had holes punched in them. A fire extinguisher also was used to damage a van, the Reno County Sheriff's Office says. 

Former student at Pretty Prairie High trying to help after vandalism

Schroeder told The Hutchinson News that because of their ages, the cases may have to be handled as civil “Child in Need of Care” filings, rather than through juvenile criminal actions. That also means the school may have to pursue civil action against the families of the students to recover damages.

Four students have been suspended, the district superintendent confirmed Tuesday. 

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