Man charged for school vandalism

Published 11:50 pm Monday, June 9, 2008

NATCHEZ — Less than a month after someone vandalized Trinity Episcopal Day School’s football field and school bus, the Natchez police say they have the culprit.

Christopher Moon of 111 Elm St. in Vidalia was charged with malicious mischief in the May 17 incident and released on $2,000 bond.

“We did an investigation and were able to get enough information to charge him,” Police Chief Mike Mullins said.

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“We expect him to pay damages through the courts.”

The extent of those damages is still unknown said Delecia Seay Carey, head of school for Trinity. About $500 in damage was done to the field but the cost of the broken sprinkler heads has not been determined. Also, damage to the bus was estimated at $1,900, not including the mural, which was initially donated.

“We still don’t have an estimate of what it will cost to redo the mural on the bus,” Carey said.

Carey said she was also glad that the suspect was not affiliated with any other school.

“I’m relieved that it wasn’t one of our students or a student from any of our local schools,” Carey said. “I felt like that had the potential to incite a bunch of silly school rivalry.”