From left: Sister Veronica Higgins of Villa Teresa School and images of vandalism.
Oklahoma City, OK - One week after the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals ruled in favor of Villa Teresa School, challenging validity of a kennel license held by Kenneth Gonzales, owner of a neighboring pit bull terrier kennel (See: Coverage of Catholic Sisters Seeking to Remove Pit Bull Kennel), Villa Teresa School was ransacked. Parts of the school are described as "demolished" with broken religious statues and racial slurs written on classroom white boards.
"The school, which offers preschool education and child care, has been troubled with vandalism since November, Higgins said.
In the most recent incident, two classrooms were "demolished,” windows and religious statues were broken and someone defecated on the floor, Higgins said. Racial slurs were written on classroom white boards, and acid was splashed on doors, she said. A tricycle was thrown on the roof and toys in the room for 3-year-olds were broken."
An earlier article about the incident (March 15) shows the destruction on video. National media, CNN, even picked up the story. As voiced by Sister Veronica Higgins, "I want to catch the person because it's just so unreal that people could do such harm to people that have not done harm to them." DogsBite.org feels the same way. Officials at Villa Teresa School hope the release of surveillance photos will help. We urge anyone with information to please contact the Oklahoma City Police Department.
How You Can Help
- Please mail donation checks to: "Villa Teresa Schools" with the designation line at the bottom to: "Villa Teresa Moore."
- Mail to: Villa Teresa Moore / 1216 Classen Drive / Oklahoma City, OK 73103
06/25/08: Coverage of Catholic Sisters Seeking to Remove Pit Bull Kennel