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Vandals Strike Playground Again

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LANSING, Mich. (WNLS) - A local school playground is the target of repeated vandalism, after another incident Thursday night. Students raised the money to build their playground, but they're disheartened to see it happen over and over again.

 

Pastor Paul Cucci's son is devasted to see his playground vandalized. "They've put a lot of work and pride into their playground equipment."

The students at New Covenant Christian School on Lansing's southwest side raised money to build the playground. Their replica of Noah's Arc was built with money from fundraisers and box tops. Now, it's spray-painted with pentagrams, the numbers 6-6-6 and other symbols.

"It's their home. It's like having somebody come in and wreck your stuff. It's like having your brother bust your toys," said Fred McGlown, the principal of the school.

This is not the first time this has happened. The school has already spent thousands of dollars on repair.

"We spend $500 here and a $1,000 there. It piles up. It's very disheartening," said Pastor Cucci. "We don't want to punish our students by removing a playground because of vadalism."

The Eaton County Sheriff's Department has been investigating the vandalism along the way. "I've been out here three times, twice on the same piece of equipment," said Deputy John Davidson.

They estimate this has happened close to 20 times in the past year. Previously, the playground was destroyed and school cars were vandalized. Now, the school is turning to neighbors for help.

 

 

Still the school says they will repair the playground, which is exactly what Cucci's son wants. "His thing was 'Daddy, can we fix it' and I said 'Absolutely, we'll fix it.'"

 

The school says they still want the playground to be for their kids and everyone in the community.

The school and Eaton County Sheriff are asking the community for help. They are asking for you to speak out if you know anything about this and offering a $2,000 reward for help in figuring out who's responsible.

They school says they're also looking into putting up security cameras.

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