Langley school sprayed with graffiti

The graffiti that tagged RC Garnett Elementary in Willoughby was painted over, long before kids return to classrooms next week.

One week before kids go back to school, RC Garnett Elementary has been tagged with graffiti.

One week before kids go back to school, RC Garnett Elementary in Willoughby has been hit by graffiti.

The graffiti, which occurred sometime overnight Monday, was laced with profanity.

But by 11:30 a.m., Tuesday morning, the vandalism had been painted over. It took about two and a half hours to paint over the graffiti.

The school district keeps paint in stock matching the colours of each school for this exact reason.

But the graffiti is another example of problems that have plagued the school over the summer months, said former PAC president Loraine Baldwin.

Last month, people were sleeping on the roof, even setting up a make-shift camp with tarps.

The school grounds has seen used condoms, needles and other biohazards, she said.

“It’s been horrible,” she said.

Willoughby has seen an uptick in crime in recent months with Langley RCMP even warning residents to be aware. Police have recently busted meth labs and homes where drugs were allegedly being dealt to neighborhood kids. There is also a growing homeless camp in the woods in Willoughby.

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