A vandal spray-painted graphic graffiti, that included vulgar words and inappropriate images, on the property of the Montowese Elementary School in North Haven.
Parents who brought children to the school’s playground were stunned by what was spray-painted.
"It’s awful. I hope that no other kids see this," Maggie Pannone, of North Haven, said.
But the crude work was followed by an act of kindness when, Chris Pelliccio, who owns Enviro Mobile Blasting, volunteered about two hours of his time to remove the graffiti on Monday.
"I know this area. I live around here. I talked to the janitor and I told them, ‘Listen, don’t worry about it. I’ll take care of it’,” Pelliccio said.
Pelliccio said he performed the work free-of-charge knowing that school budgets can be tight.
"Paying it forward in the community. I’m thankful for the opportunities I have and I wanted to pay it forward," Pelliccio said.
By early afternoon, there were few signs of what had been scrawled across the outside of the school building, thanks to Pelliccio.
"(Pelliccio)’s fantastic. But like I said, that’s the kind of neighborhood this is, everybody helps each other out, everybody pays it forward, that’s the town, that’s North Haven,” Pannone said.
A viewer who contacted NBC Connecticut regarding the graffiti told us that children in the school’s summer program had to go in a different entrance.
Neighbors report that a number of area homes were hit too and we saw one nearby car that had been tagged.
Our requests for comment to the school district and North Haven police have not yet been returned.