Thursday, August 14 2014, 04:55 PM EDT
Westview Students Return to School
School buses replace cop cars at Westview Elementary Wednesday morning.
This, just a day after police say a vandal broke in and racked up $60,000 in damage.
"The teachers are just phenomenal, they are smiling," said Whitney Web, a PTO board member.
She says yesterday's break in came as a shock.
"Yesterday was crazy."
This morning, Web was overcome with emotion.
"[I] Walked in to school this morning, saw one of our parents and started bawling."
Maintenance crews worked late into the night to clean up the $60,000 worth of damage that police say was done by Aaron Roden, 22.
"They honestly felt like someone came into their home and ransacked it," said Web, "and yes, it hurts our feelings and we're mad and we're sad."
Ten days ago, Roden was arrested for aggravated assault after stabbing someone in a fight outside a Chattanooga condo. Roden told police he was trying to defend himself.
His criminal history doesn't stop there. Roben's been arrested 9 other times since 2011. The charges range from vandalism to DUI.
Family and teachers are still trying to make sense of it to the school children.
"I told him, well there was somebody who probably wasn't feeling too well and had a bad day and he just wanted to take it out on the school," said Joy Tyler, who's nephew just started school at Westview.
"He was really really upset, he was upset about it because he couldn't understand why would somebody do that to my beautiful school," she continued.
Tyler says her nephew is not discouraged by the crimes.
"He's still looking forward to school," said Tyler with a smile, "he still wants to come back. It didn't scare him."
We reached out to Roden's father who is an Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U. S. Department of Justice. We have not heard back.
The school is holding a "Circle of Support" community event at 6pm on Wednesday night. Anyone and everyone is invited to come to Westview Elementary to join hands and hold a moment of silence.
By: Drew Bollea