Victims pray for perpetrators following attack on school

Reported by Lisa Rantala
Posted by Kate Oatis

TOLEDO -- A  crime at Toledo Christian School has victims praying for suspects, reports News 11's Lisa Rantala.

Police say someone broke out more than 24 windows at the school last weekend, baffling the school community.

After all, they love their school.

Weeks before students arrive, for example, teacher Bill Ladwig spends his time off planting flowers on the campus.

"It's my school. It's my ministry. I've given my whole life to this place," Ladwig said. But when someone broke out the windows and doors and tossed classroom textbooks to the floor, it made him -- and the school's superintendent -- angry.

"It just makes you sick that someone would do that," said Superintendent Jim Ellinger.

Though neighbors had tipped him off that kids sometimes have weekend parties on school property, Ellinger says, "They've never done any destruction. There might be a few beer cans left over but they never destroyed anything."

Ellinger doesn't think the vandals are any of his kids, but they did cause $5,000 in damages -- which could have "bought a classroom set of textbooks."

While the school plans to upgrade security and add outside cameras, they're maintaining their Christian values by praying for the suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStopper at 419-255-1111.