A photo of damage left at Cumberland Academy of Georgia, a private school in Sandy Springs for children with Autism, Aspergers, ADD and other learning disabilities. The photo was shared on the school’s Facebook page.

Teachers, students and staff looking forward to the first day of school at a private special needs school are instead cleaning up after a burglary, the office manager, Shari Wright said.

The Cumberland Academy of Georgia had just completed the addition of a music therapy room, a film room and adding educational electronic equipment in preparation of kids returning to classes, when the school for students with Autism, Aspergers and other learning disabilities Cumberland Academy of Georgia was burglarized July 28, Wright said in a press release.

Wright said a window was broken and lots of equipment was stolen from those rooms as well as gaming systems from the student activity room.

“The saddest part is much of the equipment taken can only be used for educational purposes, so once thieves realize what they have taken, they will probably trash it,” Wright said.

Staff at the school are checking video cameras, and Wright said the Sandy Springs police have been very helpful. Wright said she hopes they will retrieve fingerprints.
“We welcome any help from our school community,” Wright posted on Facebook, asking the community to share the news. “Also know we fully intend to begin the school year as scheduled and fully intend to continue our education programs with gusto.”