Staff Concerned After Another Harlan County School Burglarized

One Eastern Kentucky elementary school has been hit by burglaries not one, not two, but now three times this school year. Break-ins in Harlan County Schools are not only costing thousands of dollars, but scaring teachers away from school.

Rosspoint Elementary Teacher Debbie Napier says she likes to spend time in her classroom after school lets out to catch up on work, but not any more.

"I come over, get a couple hours work in or stay after school a few hours. I don't feel comfortable doing that anymore," Napier said.

Burglars broke through a library window at Rosspoint Elementary Monday night, the third break-in at the school this school year. The assistant principal says once again, they got away with money.

"They're going after money, to buy pills or whatever they're doing," said Assistant Principal Bryan Howard.

And it's not just happening at Rosspoint. There have been break-ins at five Harlan County schools this school year alone, Rosspoint Elementary, Wallins Elementary, and Cawood, Cumberland, and Evarts High Schools. School officials say they're not all related necessarily but in all, it's cost the school system over 24 thousand dollars, a hit to a school system that's already laying off 3 to 4 employees to meet budget demands.

Debbie Napier says teachers and students at Rosspoint just don't feel safe anymore.

"Everybody's on edge. They don't know when somebody who has the nerve to do that will get a little more brave," Napier says.

That's why police and school officials say they want catch those responsible.

Based on surveillance video, school officials say one of the men they're looking for appears to be a white male, 18 - 30 years old, with camouflage jacket and pants, brown/black hair with sideburns and has a possible slight limp when he walks. Police are also looking for others responsible. If you have any information, call the Kentucky State Police.


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