Officials at Villa Teresa School hope the release of surveillance photos of two males will help solve a series of vandalism at the private school. The photos, taken at 3:17 a.m. Saturday, show two young men running across the property. The photos were released by the Oklahoma City Police Department. "They didn’t realize there was a camera out front,” said Sister Veronica Higgins, principal of Villa Teresa, 13501 S Western Ave. Police are investigating the incidents, said Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow, police department spokeswoman. 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. Police have several complaints on file. On Dec. 21, a screen was torn and a window was open. On Jan. 24, a classroom had been vandalized, with paint on desks and a chair and damaged window screens. On Jan. 31, water was left turned on in sinks and items were thrown outside.
Court rulingVilla Teresa School also has been in the news over a lawsuit challenging validity of a kennel license held by Kenneth Gonzales, owner of a neighboring pit bull terrier kennel. The state Court of Civil Appeals on March 8 ruled in Villa Teresa’s favor, said Kevin Calvey, the school’s attorney. Calvey said the school will seek enforcement of an injunction against Gonzales, which would limit him to four dogs on the property. Gonzales could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
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