Two Schools Hit By Vandals

By: Amaka Ubaka Email
By: Amaka Ubaka Email

Vandals hit Loveland Elementary and Westside High school early Saturday morning.

A cleaning crew worked to scrub away the last of the graffiti at Loveland Saturday afternoon.

Bob Keuchel, the building engineer, says the amount of graffiti was overwhelming.

“From the corner of the building where the playground is all around to our front entryway they just spray painted graffiti,” says Keuchel.

“So much of it, is what surprised us.”

The vandals spray-painted the brick exterior, portables, and windows writing obscenities and swastikas.

“It was the usual bad words, a few of them would actually qualify for a hate crime.”

Whoever was responsible turned the school's painted mascot from a lynx to a devil carrying a pitch fork.

A parent noticed the vandalism early Saturday morning and alerted police.

They told parents it was some of the most extensive vandalism they've ever seen.

Keuchel says several parents stopped by the school out of concern.

“We had a couple in the neighborhood that stopped by and they're shocked and surprised that someone would do this to us.”

He says Westside High School was also hit.

Crews worked all day at both schools to clean up the damage, something Keuchel says will cost District 66 a lot of money.

“You figure overtime for a dozen people, the equipment, the chemicals, I'm sure it'll be several thousand dollars.”

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