Monday, June 17, 2013

Lincoln urban farm vandalism hurtful, thoughtless

"I am heartbroken. My eyes are sore from crying."
Those were the words spoken Monday by Kimberly Lough, the agriculture/science teacher and urban farm program director at Lincoln Middle School for the past 10 years.
You feel her pain.
That's because for the second time in less than two weeks, some idiots have vandalized the school program's property, a place where students learn about growing plants hydroponically and vegetables and fruit the old fashioned way.
Now this  happens.
What audacity.
How senseless.
Hydroponic structures were shattered.
Rain barrels turned over.
Greenhouse benches with plants upended.
Tilapia taken out of their tanks and thrown on the concrete floor, left to die.
All told, the consecutive acts of vandalism did nearly $4,000 worth of damage.
This is outrageous.
How will those items be replaced?
Who's going to pay for them?
The Manatee County School District?
Lincoln Middle School?
Don't count on it.
Not with the financial difficulties our public schools are facing.
I hope the Palmetto Police Department arrests whomever is responsible.
Then make those morons pay for it and replace all they ruined.

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