GARDAI are carrying out an investigation after vandals attacked Athea national school and sprayed graffiti on a number of its walls.
The incident, which took place during the Christmas recess, saw a number of vandals spray paint sections of the schoolâ€™s exterior walls. It is understood that some windows were also targeted with red paint.
Local councillor Liam Galvin said that he was â€œdisgustedâ€ to learn of the attack. â€œItâ€™s a pity this happened. I was disgusted to hear it.
â€œIn fairness to the caretakers there, they treat the school like their home.
â€œThey put in work over and above what theyâ€™re expected to do, and Iâ€™m sure they were disgusted with that as well.
â€œAthea isnâ€™t the kind of place where you see this sort of thing happen too often. Thereâ€™s no excuse for itâ€.
It is understood that sections of the exterior wall of the most recent school extension, which was completed in 2009, were targeted by the vandals, who used spray paint which required considerable effort to remove.
One member of the local community described the incident as â€œa deliberate attack on a public building by thugs. It is an awful pity that a quiet, peaceful and friendly village such as Athea can have the lives of its law-abiding and decent people disrupted by law-breaking elementsâ€.
The attack is likely to have taken place under the cover of darkness, so as to avoid detection by nearby CCTV cameras.