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Lebanon Catholic Building Badly Vandalized

File photos from the former Lebanon Catholic School at 1400 Chestnut St. in Lebanon. The vacant building was badly vandalized last week.
File photos from the former Lebanon Catholic School at 1400 Chestnut St. in Lebanon. The vacant building was badly vandalized last week.

The Lebanon Valley Daily News has learned of a massive vandalism spree at the former Lebanon Catholic School along the 1400 block of Chestnut Street in the city.

It was revealed during a weekend mass at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church that the now-vacant K-12 building was entered sometime last week by a rear entrance.

Vandals smashed glass from windows and door panes throughout the building, spray-painted graffiti with satanic and obscene messages on walls and on the gymnasium floor, destroyed the school library and sprayed the contents of the school’s fire extinguishers throughout the building.

Father Michael Laicha, who witnessed the damage firsthand, said the miscreants even smashed the toilets and sinks in the restrooms, knocking them completely off their bases on the floor. He also indicated there was evidence of drug use in the building.

We’ve reached out to Lebanon Police and the Harrisburg Diocese for comment. We have not yet heard back from either organization.