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Vandals Ransack Closed American Career Institute


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The doors are still locked, but it appears someone gained access to the American Career Institute last night.

The vocational school suddenly closed its doors Wednesday night, leaving hundreds of students in the dark.

This sign tells students that ACI is working to help them out by trying to find new schools for the students.

That may be the case, but some are concerned their privacy was compromised when someone took advantage of the shutdown school Wednesday night.

“By Friday, there will be transcripts on the websites that they gave us.”

That was what American Career Institute students were were told Wednesday when their school suddenly shut down.

Thursday brought new concerns after these photos show ransacked ACI offices and classrooms.

In one photo, it seems someone gained access to a private office through the ceiling. Other photos show destroyed wiring, missing computers, and confidential student paperwork thrown everywhere.

“Yeah, I’m pissed off. It’s my stuff. I don’t want nobody else having my stuff. I trusted them with my stuff, so I hope my information is still safe,” says former student Javier Vasquez.

Someone associated with the school, who didn’t want to go on camera, says ACI employees were the ones who tore through the office Wednesday night.

Meantime, students who had no warning about the closing, stood outside in disbelief.

Students say if the school had to close, they could have just done it with some respect.

“I was almost there. I had a full piece of paper with my future on it, and it got ripped out of my face.”

Vasquez spent Thursday trying to get his transcript and figuring out his next step. He was only three months from finishing his web design degree and poured thousands of dollars into his education.

Now, he’s afraid he won’t even get his own records.

“I just hope I can get my stuff back. I hope none of my stuff or my records, anything is missing. That’s confidential. [It] has my social security, my information,” Vasquez notes.

A Springfield Police Officer spent about 40 minutes inside the school Thursday. So far, no arrests have been made, and nobody from ACI is returning our calls.

If you were a former student or employee of the school and were affected by the closure, CLICK HERE for information on some of the next steps you should take.


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