Vandals Defile Statues at Bay Ridge Catholic School

March 22, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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BAY RIDGE — Police are seeking vandals who beheaded a stone lamb and defaced other elements of a shrine to the Virgin Mary outside of a Catholic girls’ school in Bay Ridge, according to the Daily News.

The damage at Visitation Academy at 8902 Ridge Blvd., which was discovered Thursday morning and includes toppled statues of child supplicants as well as the decapitated lamb, is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

Photos of the crime scene show a bottle of Guinness standing on the ground in front of the Virgin Mary, apparently left behind by the vandals.  

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The defiling of the statues is the second act of vandalism to take place at the school in as many weeks, according to the News. The first was the theft of a series of signs posted in front of the statue two weeks ago.

The latest disturbance at Visitation Academy comes just two weeks before Easter, heightening police concern that it might indicate a premeditated hate crime.

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