Police continue to probe vandalism of Arlington Heights school

Updated 10/16/2011 6:44 PM

Arlington Heights police are still trying to find the vandals who threw bricks to shatter several windows and door panes at Christian Liberty Academy on the same day the school hosted an event that drew protests.

Administrators arriving at the academy, 502 W. Euclid Ave., discovered the damage on the east side of the building Saturday morning. Attached to one of the bricks was a note that referred to a banquet scheduled for that evening organized by a group called Americans for Truth About Homosexuality.


About 30 protesters picketed the event, in which Scott Lively of Defending the Family International and Abiding Truth Ministries was presented with the "American Truthteller" award.

The note on the brick read, "This is just a sample of what we will do if you don't shut down Scott Lively and AFTAH," according to the Rev. Calvin Lindstrom, pastor of the Church of Christian Liberty.

Arlington Heights Police Capt. Nicholas Pecora said Sunday investigators are pursuing a number of leads.

The Gay Liberation Network, which organized Saturday evening's protest, issued a statement saying it did not know who was responsible for the vandalism.

"We don't know who did it. We don't authorize it," said Roger Fraser of Rolling Meadows, one of the protesters.

Banquet organizer Peter LaBarbera of Naperville said the event and those involved have been misrepresented,

"We don't hate homosexuals," he said.

Lindstrom said he is thankful the damage wasn't more extensive and that nothing happened to the visitors who spoke Saturday night.

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