CASEY COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - LIBERTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Larry Harris got a phone call on his way to work early Friday morning telling him that every school bus on the lot had flat tires.
"And I thought he was joking,” said Harris, the head mechanic for the Casey County school system of the call from the bus dispatcher.
Harris soon discovered 26 buses with flats. Surveillance video would later show two young people walking around the lot, letting the air out of tires. School officials suspect teenagers are behind the mischief and they say criminal charges will be pursued.
"It's just somebody wanting to have some fun. And It's really not all that fun,” said Harris.
Casey County started back to school Thursday and the suspicion is some kids thought by crippling the fleet, school would be canceled for the second day.
But the school day went on with mechanics and even bus drivers pitching in to make sure all the buses were ready to hit the road. Each tire took 10 minutes to pump back up.
"We've hustled all morning. Since 6,” Harris said.
Even working in a driving downpour of rain.
“I mean we've all pitched in and done a super job this morning. I've got some pretty good help,” Harris said.
Some buses were late leaving for their routes and some kids arrived more than 2 hours late to school. Routes for every school in the district were affected, said Harris.
"I just hope they catch them,” Harris said.
The superintendent says the two culprits will be charged with criminal mischief. The Liberty police department is investigating the incident.