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BUNKER HILL, IL (KPLR) – A plan by school vandals may have backfired at a school district in southern Illinois. Classes were canceled, but students will still have to make up the day.

Vandals targeted all of the district’s school buses overnight, tampering with the valve stems on nine buses. By morning, the tires were flat.

Dr. Victor Buehler, Bunker Hill School Superintendent, said there simply wasn’t enough time to fix the problem. Classes were cancelled for all 650 students in the district.

Educators said the Bunker Hill district typically does not experience end of the school year pranks, so this proved unusual.

There are 15 video cameras on campus. Police are checking to see if any of them may have caught a glimpse of the persons responsible. If that doesn’t work, there’s always the old-fashioned way of discovering who did it.

“Usually in a small town, it doesn’t take long for word to get around on possible suspects,” said Bunker Hill Police Chief Jake Welch.

Kids may enjoy the unexpected holiday, but their parents had to scramble to either find a babysitter or call in sick to work.

“It does upset me because, as parents and taxpayers, we have to pay for this,” said parent Ange Wilkinson.