St. Louis Public Radio News
3:29 pm
Wed September 3, 2003

Vandalism Keeps St. Kevin's in East Alton Closed

East Alton, Ill. – Wednesday will be the second day of cancelled class at St. Kevin's Catholic School in East Alton.

Someone caused $20,000 in vandalism to the school and adjoining church by breaking windows and religious statues, writing graffiti in classrooms, and even urinating on the church's altar. A life-sized statue of the Virgin Mary was tossed down a stairway and broken.

The school's students come from East Alton, Wood River and Bethalto. Officials hope to open Thursday. Police are searching for a suspect.