83-year-old statue outside Maui school damaged

83-year-old statue outside Maui school damaged

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Authorities have opened a criminal property damage investigation after a statue of Father William Chaminade outside a Maui school was found beheaded after Easter.

Officials at St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School say a teacher discovered the head of the statue shattered on Monday.

Officials are not sure whether the damage was caused by vandals or a 3.6-magnitude earthquake that struck the island early Monday.

The damage to the 83-year-old statue has been estimated at $750.

The Catholic Online website says Blessed William Joseph Chaminade was a French Roman Catholic who survived persecution during the French Revolution. He founded the Society of Mary, which has had a large influence on the St. Anthony school.

Father Chaminade was beatified by Pope John Paul II in September 2000.

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