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POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY, Okla. - Classes have been canceled at an Oklahoma elementary school, while authorities investigate a case of vandalism.

It happened at Wanette Elementary in Pottawatomie County.

“This was a clear cut case of vandalism. They got in and did as much damage as possible,” said Harold Hayes, Wanette Schools Superintendent.

Kicked in doors, broken windows, smashed filing cabinets and expensive electronic equipment that no longer works.

“Those were laptops that we provide for our students to work on. So, it didn't hurt anyone but our kids,” said Erica Owens.

The damage was done by vandals in both the elementary and high school in Wanette.

“When I saw the damage, I knew immediately that there was no way we would be able to have school today,” Hayes said.

Learning has been put on hold until at least Wednesday, leaving teachers and staff with plenty of problems to solve.

Some areas were hit worse than others, but the emotional destruction was felt by all.

“They did some stuff in the classrooms. There were some obscenities on the boards. They've already got them cleaned up, thank goodness,” Owens said.

Investigators said they aren’t sure how the vandals got into the building initially but, once inside, they were able to get a master set of keys, allowing them full access.

“They got into the gymnasium. It looks like they could have possibly played some basketball and stuff through the night,” said Travis Sullivan, Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s department.

The Pottawatomie County Sheriff's department is investigating and said they are confident they will find who is responsible, because they left behind quite a bit of evidence.

The school hasn't received an estimate on the amount of damage caused.