The following comes from a June 16 NBC Los Angeles story by Irene Moore and Kim Baldonado:
Catholic schoolchildren at Sacred Heart Elementary School in Covina were told not to come to school Tuesday, just days before the end of the school year, after someone vandalized their campus.
School employees were met with graffiti-covered walls outside several classrooms. Spray-painted drawings of male genitalia covered at least one wall while others had remarks referencing Satan, God and political leaders on them.
“It felt like somebody had been in my home,” said April Luchonok, the school’s principal.
Classes were canceled for the day, but are expected to resume Wednesday with the last day of school for the year on Thursday.
Classes were canceled at Sacred Heart school in Covina after school employees arrived to a vandalized campus Tuesday morning.
“The last thing we wanted was for them to come to school and see that someone had been in their space and see those inappropriate things,” Luchonok said.
Cleanup began immediately with the graffiti-covered walls painted over.
Officials said there were no known suspects but that the vandalism was under investigation.
“There are characteristics associated with vandalism we look at,” said Sgt. Gregg Peterson of the Covina Police Department. “There could be style of writing. We take pictures of everything and there’s a way to do an analysis on it and compare it to other writings we find within the city.”
Watch for the double standard in the reporting of this crime. People would be freaking out if this incident happened at a Jewish school, LGBT center or mosque, calling it a “hate crime” of the worst order. Will there be any sympathetic outrage for the crime committed against Catholics at this school?
Probably not, and there will be those who believe this Catholic institution deserved this vandalism because it teaches “hate”. Catholics and other Christians are fair game targets all over the world, be advised and aware.
We can expect a lot more of this in the coming years…Yes the Left will eventually start burning our Churches in the names of tolerance.
As a long-term teacher, I can’t help but think some smart-aleck boys just might be behind this “hate crime”, perhaps even boys at the school. The “body part” images suggest young adolescent males. Let’s wait and see before we call in the exorcists.
God help us if these are acts of “mischievous boys”. This is way beyond “boys will be boys” and is testimony to our cultural decline.
I wasn’t implying such things are just “mischievous” if they’re done by young boys. They aren’t “hate crimes” either. They’re dumb stunts designed to entertain peers: “Dude, look what I got away with! Look at all the grown-ups running around, yelling and even posting my stuff on-line for me!” They should be dealt with accordingly.
Sure enough, it is a hate crime! Several people I know use the Inquisition and the priest sexual abuse scandal as excuses to hate the Catholic Church. They also are bothered by how firm of a stance we have taken against abortion and birth control–and, most recently–the physician-assisted suicide law that is being debated in California’s legislature. All religions have their good and bad times and people throughout their long histories–not one is “better” than the other. I have been a member of this parish since 1971, and I am both angry and appalled. Recently, it was brought out that a drawn-and-quartered cat was dumped on the church’s front lawn. How disrespectful is that? If kids were responsible for this latest incident,…