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Parents attempting to raise money to rebuild playground burned down at Md. charter school

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TEMPLE HILLS, Md. -

Who would do such a thing? That is what parents at Imagine Lincoln Public Charter School in Prince George's County are saying after someone burned down their playground.

Now the younger kids don't have anywhere to play and the school's parents are hoping for help to rebuild.

“Immediately I thought maybe there was a storm the night before and hoping it was lightning and not arson,” said principal Danielle Goddard about the time she first saw the charred playground.

But it was arson. Goddard showed us the black pit where the beautiful playground once stood. She ordered the debris removed before the kids return to school later this month.

“I was pretty disappointed that somebody would destroy our children's equipment,” Goddard said.

It is believed on the night of July 12th, someone or maybe more than one person came here with a liquid accelerant and started the fire at the playground.

“They believe it was in the middle of the night,” said Dennine Scott.

Her daughter loved the playground and is heartbroken. The fire melted over 70 percent of the plastic, including a jungle gym and rock wall. The vandals also smashed glass backboards at a nearby basketball court.

“Very heartless, very mean,” Scott said. “Why would you do this to children? They haven't done anything to you.”

The playground was insured, but the deductible is high -- $8,000. Parents have united in an effort to raise $10,000 to build a bigger, better playground.

“We are just doing a lot of things,” said Scott. “We are doing spaghetti dinners, back to school night. We are just doing anything we can.”

If you would like to help the students at the school, a special fund has been set up to raise money. Go to gofundme.com/ilpto or email the school at imaginelincolnpto@gmail.com.

We also want to remind you FOX 5 was able to cover this story thanks to a viewer who sent us a tip about the playground. If you have a story idea, we urge you call the FOX 5 tip line at 202-895-3000 or send an e-mail to fox5tips@wttg.com.


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