CLAY CITY -- What was supposed to be a grand opening Wednesday came to a hault.
The Clay City Library had scheduled its grand opening Wednesday. However, vandalism curtailed the celebration.
According to Clay City Marshal Terry Skaggs, two juveniles found a way into the building and caused quite a bit of damage.
Skaggs said the two juveniles, a 9-year-old and an 11-year-old, poured paint thinner over books, walls and the floor. In addition, he said the two took a fire extinguisher and "coated" the walls, ceilings and computers within the establishment, located at the corner of Main and Seventh streets.
Skaggs said the two also destroyed several fluorescent light bulbs and may have urinated on the floor. He added personal volunteer items were taken as well.
"Basically, they got in there and we're not exactly sure how they got in there," Skaggs said. "There was glass everywhere."
Volunteer Carol Mayrose said she was "shocked" upon learning of the vandalism. However, she said the grand opening proceeded as planned but the volunteers blocked off the damaged area.
"All of the damage was done in the back of the building," Mayrose said. "We're going to try to clean the rug. We're going to try to do it ourselves."
Skaggs said a pedestrian witnessed one of the two juveniles running out of the building sometime between 8-9 p.m., Tuesday.
He said the person, who had been walking by the area, stayed with the juvenile until law enforcement arrived.
"The boys admitted to the vandalism," Skaggs said.
"I'd say it's very disappointing. It's disappointing to know parents aren't taking care of kids that young."
Skaggs said the same two juveniles were seen out close to 2 a.m. a few days earlier.
Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton told The Brazil Times that when juveniles are apprehended, the department must call the county probation officer.
According to Heaton, law enforcement does not have the authority to detain juveniles unless the probation officer allows it.
Clay County Probation Officer Kathy Judd was not available for comment.
Mayrose said the library is open from 1-4 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays, but if more volunteers can be found, the doors may be open more throughout the week.