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Chico Catholic School Gets Vandalized Again

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Feb 28 2013 08:02:54 PM CST
CHICO, Calif. -

A catholic school in Chico has been vandalized again.  Someone sprayed painted anti-religious words and symbols all over the campus.

This is the second time in two months the Notre Dame Catholic School has had graffiti problems, leading the administration to beef up their security.

Wednesday morning, students and staff at the Notre Dame Catholic School found some unwanted artwork on the walls.

“They spray painted an upside down cross, a pentagon, and various sayings, ‘God is dead’,” said Father Tim Nondorf, the school pastor.

Father Nondorf said someone jumped the school's fence Tuesday night and left nine different anti-religious marks all across this corridor.

“We do have surveillance video a person coming on the property hopping the fence and we have of him leaving the property,” said Father Nondorf.

The eight different cameras across the campus caught someone in a hooded sweat shirt jumping the fence off Chestnut Street.  Then walking across the campus and hopping the fence on the other side on Hazel Street.

Father Nondorf says the school and the houses around the area get tagged every two months, but this time, it's different.

“This is the first time where we’re have been specifically targeted,” said Father Nondorf.

School officials painted over the markings Wednesday morning before the kids arrived.

“They don't understand what that stuff means or why someone would do that.  I don't think they need to see it,” said Notre Dame parent, Sara Leete.    

School officials have plans to add a half-dozen more cameras and build a bigger fence around the school making it hard for vandals to get in.

“These are innocent kids here and I think if somebody is taking their feelings out either on religion or whatever it may be I think it's ultimately just the innocent kids that are being affected by this,” said Leete.   

The school plans to have the gate and their cameras installed by this summer.