Five teens charged for vandalism of historic African-American schoolhouse in Ashburn

    The Ashburn Colored School, a 19th-century African-American schoolhouse in Ashburn, Va., was vandalized on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. (Courtesy Loudoun School for the Gifted)

    Five teenage boys have been charged in the vandalism of a historic African-American schoolhouse in Ashburn, according to a statement from the Loudoun Commonwealth's Attorney.

    The vandalism, including racist graffiti and swastikas, was discovered at the Old Ashburn Schoolhouse on Ashburn Road on Saturday, October 1.

    The five teenagers had been identified earlier this month and were served juvenile petitions this week, charging them with “felony destruction of property and misdemeanor entering property of another for the purpose of damaging it,” according to the statement.

    Three of the boys are 16-year-olds from Sterling, one is a 17-year-old from Sterling, and one is a 16-year-old from Ashburn. Their names were not released because of their ages.

    The 19th-century school, formally known as the Ashburn Colored School, was in the process of being rehabilitated by the Loudoun School for the Gifted as a way for its students to both learn about the history of their community and give back to it. The structure was the first African-American schoolhouse in Ashburn.

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