Thief takes school class money

February 11, 2011 2:45:46 PM PST
A thief broke into a school in Hoke County and made off with some very special cash this week.

Second- and third-grade students at Rockfish Christian Academy were raising money for a number of community outreach programs.

Someone smashed in a door to a computer room of the school, which is run by Tabernacle Baptist Church.

School officials said the thief stole about $1,500.

“We are in the process of trying to upgrade a playground as well as our 8th graders were raising money for their annual 8th grade trip,” said teacher Lisa Hill. “And then general funds to help maintain the property and pay some bills and things of that nature.”

Students were upset by the crime. Parents called it heartbreaking.

Charisse Sweeney, mother to one of the students, said, “It’s bad enough when they break into God’s house, but then when they go in and they take little banks from kindergartners and just shredded them. It’s heartbreaking that someone would be so cruel to do that to children.”

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