Vandals target ‘freedom bus’ used to teach students about civil rights movement

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MUNCIE, Ind. -- Vandals recently targeted a bus dedicated to teaching students about the civil rights movement.

On Friday, organizers with the non-profit group MLK Dream Team discovered the hundreds of dollars in damages.

Vandals ripped a hammer from a display and used it to smash the glass on a different display. A fire extinguisher was sprayed all over the inside of the bus.  The vandals also stole historic newspaper clippings and a Confederate flag.

“So many different attacks have happened. Hate crimes have taken place I wasn’t surprised, just saddened,” said Yvonne Thompson, vice chair of the MLK Dream Team.

The "freedom bus" is devoted to show students the people in their community who stood up for what is right in an uncertain time.

“These are people who are famous because they sacrificed their lives for everybody to have a right to better housing, to good education and to good jobs,” said Thompson.

Thompson is also Muncie’s Human Rights Director and she says this crime could be considered a hate crime.

“We need to work together better than what we’re doing,” said Thompson.

Over the weekend, when Ball State students showed up for a tour, they ended up helping clean. Tuesday afternoon was the first stop since the damage.

“We still move forward. We still tell the story,” said Thompson.

Before students exit the bus, they’re asked to write down a promise on a Post-It. "How can you make a difference?" One student’s simple sentence summed it up, “I would keep being nice.”

“That’s it, definitely, that’s how you keep the dream alive. You treat people how you want to be treated,” said Thompson.

The MLK Dream Team has a Go Fund Me account.

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