Vandals target Tulsa art school

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Reported by: Andrew Carter
Updated: 7/10/2013 5:47 pm Published: 7/10/2013 5:19 pm

Vandals targeted the Tulsa Girls Art School overnight, but the community stepped up and lent a hand.

The vandals left broken windows at the school near Admiral and Lewis streets.

When the director of the school, Matt Moffett, posted a photo of the damage on his Facebook page, it took minutes for the Tulsa community to start working to fix the damage.

"It broke my heart. I don't understand why people here on Admiral have to be violent," he said.

The school trains children, like Stephine Antwine, to be visual artists.

"Uh, we're working on a birdbath, this is the top part of it, and this is the bottom," said Antwine.

Antwine isn't happy about what happened.

"I thought why'd they do that? Are they jealous? Or did they want to do it for fun?" said Antwine.

No matter the motivation, it was hardly a disruption from the girls and their work.

While the girls kept working, the Facebook post spread the word about the incident, and in a matter of hours generous citizens donated close to $500 to replace the broken windows.

"It makes me feel good and happy that they care for the school," said Antwine.

"We're really blessed that Tulsa listens, responds and then gives. I mean, that's huge, so thank you, Tulsa, you are our heroes," said Moffett.

Moffett plans on putting up cameras outside the building, but said otherwise it's business as usual.

"It's gonna take a lot more than a couple broken windows to stop us from having our classes and our girls doing their art," he said.

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