SWASTIKAS & SLURS | 4 Glenelg H.S. students arrested
BALTIMORE (WBFF)-- Howard County School Officials report an incident involving graffiti, that the Superintendent says amounts to a "hate crime."
There were several hateful spray paintings found on Glenelg High School property Thursday including a swastika. A racial slur was spray painted along with the name Burton. The school's principal David Burton is African-American.
Four Glenelg students were arrested, Howard County police announced later that day.
All have been charged with multiple counts of "destruction of property based on race, color, religious belief, sexual orientation or national origin," a misdemeanor with a penalty of up to three years in jail.
The school resource officer recognized the students who were arrested: Seth Taylor, 18, of Mustang Path in Ellicott City; Tyler Curtiss, 18, of Rivercrest Court in Brookeville; Joshua Shaffer, 18, of Watkins Way in Mount Airy; and Matthew Lipp, 18, of Daisy Road in Woodbine.
This statement was sent out Thursday by the Superintendent.
"Dear HCPSS families,
I was deeply troubled and disheartened to have learned this morning that Glenelg High School was vandalized overnight with graffiti that is hateful and sickening. Howard County Police were immediately notified and an investigation is underway. Make no mistake, this is a hate crime against so many of our communities and goes completely against the values we share as a community. It is completely unacceptable and actions of this nature will not be tolerated in Howard County.
I know that many students and staff were troubled upon arriving at school this morning and we are providing the necessary supports for anybody who needs them.
Today at noon, I will meet with members of the media to help amplify these words and denounce the actions that took place overnight at Glenelg High School. I ask all of Howard County today to join me in an effort to help our community heal. Be assured that individuals responsible for these acts will be held accountable.
Michael J. Martirano