A HEATED rivalry between two Catholic schools has escalated after a horde of Kildare students spray-painted fences, smashed glass and defecated inside Mater Dei’s school grounds.
Police confirmed “malicious damage” had been done to the school late Thursday night after approximately eight carloads full of allegedly intoxicated Kildare students wreaked havoc on the property.
A nearby resident, who wished to not be identified, watched on while masked hoodlums went on an hour-long vandalism spree.
“They could have been burning the school down for all anyone knew – there was that much noise,” the local told The Daily Advertiser.
“First a group of girls arrived in a red hatchback and started painting the fences, and then probably about 10 carloads of them rocked up.
“I’d guess they would have done thousands of dollars worth of damage.
“It sounded like a war.”
The Daily Advertiser understands Kildare College on Friday apologised to Mater Dei and sent cleaning staff to tend to the mess.
Meanwhile, both the Mater Dei and Kildare College principals and the Catholic Diocese of Wagga remained tight-lipped and refused to comment on the incident.
Wagga duty officer Inspector Peter McLay confirmed police received calls from distressed residents around 10.30pm on Thursday night.
“Police are continuing their investigations and are seeking assistance from the public,” he said.
“It would appear that the actual extent of the damage was not known until the following morning.
“I can assure that some further work will be done (on Wednesday) to try and identify who was responsible.”
Speculation has continued to mount over how Kildare College will punish the offending students given the highly stressful HSC period lies in wake.
Detergent was also dumped in the Victory Memorial Gardens fountain on Thursday night, but it is unknown if it was related to the Mater Dei incident.