Historic school devastated by vandalism

AUTUMN OWENS autumn.owens@empiretribune.com
This photo shows the damage done to Duffau Historic School, which suffered thousands of dollars in damages.

The Duffau Historic School was recently vandalized with thousands of dollars in damages.

Windows were broken and all the items inside were overturned and seriously damaged, including an old piano, trophies and photos from the 1920s-1950s.

Larry Martin, president of the David Crockett Chapter 47, was upset after visiting and taking photos of the scene, and said the damage occurred between March 1-7.

“My grandfather helped build that schoolhouse when the old one burned down around 1929,” Martin said in an email. “They turned over a 120-year-old piano my great grandmother played in the 1920s. My mother and her classmates are devastated that (anyone) would do this.”

The Erath County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

“Right now we don’t have a dollar amount on the damages,” Sheriff Tommy Bryant said. “We sure would like to hear from someone. If whoever did it brags about it to their friends, we’d like to know about it.”

Martin said this is the second time someone has vandalized the school and whoever did left a ‘tag’ - a form of graffiti signature - inside the gym.