Racial Slur Vandalism in Terrace

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Public Safety officials are still searching for the perpetrator who vandalized a student’s front door in Brute Hall during the early morning hours between Sep. 12 and  Sep. 13.

The vandalism included what Public Safety Director Barry Titler called a “hurtful, racial slur” in an email to the campus community on Sep. 14. At this time, Public Safety officials are still offering a $500 reward to “anyone with information leading to the identification of the cuprit.”

Public Safety and Residence Life have been working diligently to find the perpetrator.  The victim of the vandalism is receiving full support from Residence Life and the Center for Student Diversity.

“When I heard, I was very shocked,” said junior Hailey Vogt, “but as a community, we can come together to work through this situation.”

The incident occurred just over a week after the university hosted a nationally-covered panel on racial injustice featuring former Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts.

“The fact that this sort of thing occurs here so infrequently makes it that much more troubling when it does,” said Barry Titler, head of Public Safety. “We had one hate crime reported several years ago, but it related to vandalism on the basis of religion rather than race.”

Titler hopes that “by keeping the conversation going we hope to shine a light on the weak-minded sort of people who would do such a hateful thing.”

If the culprit is found, it is likely that they would be removed from the Mount, as the University does not tolerate hateful behavior, especially to this level of extreme harassment.  

“We’d like to reiterate that if anyone has information about this incident and they come forward, they could remain anonymous,” Titler said.  “We couldn’t be more interested in identifying this actor and holding him or her accountable for this intolerable act.”

Parties with information about the incident are encouraged to either call Public Safety at 301-447-5357 or send a MountReport through the Public Safety webpage. All reports remain confidential.

Rebecca Schisler

News Editor for The Mountain Echo

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