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School vandalism prompts campus security changes

By Jerry Olenyn, jolenyn@krcrtv.com
Published On: Jan 08 2014 06:34:38 PM CST
CHICO, Calif. -

A Chico private school, victimized by vandalism a year ago, recently made changes to make their school safer for its students.

Notre Dame School is located in the heart of downtown Chico at 4th and Chestnut Streets. The school installed new fencing around the campus perimeter during Christmas break.

This came in the aftermath of a series of highly-publicized cases of vandalism on its campus a year ago.

The vandal, who painted anti-religious messages on the walls and lockers, was never caught.

Principal Terri Sobieralski said the school collected $60,000 in donations to replace the chain-link fence with the sturdier wrought-iron fence.

”There have been a lot of problems with school security happening around our country,” said Sobieralski.  “It brings to light and makes us more aware of the problem with safety at schools. It's a horrible thing.  The chain link fence, we felt, was pretty easy to scale. And there's no way anyone is going to climb or jump over this wrought iron fence.”

Notre Dame also purchased a new surveillance camera system. And they'll soon have a buzzer system to prevent uninvited guests from entering the campus.