Loyola Blakefield closed Thursday after racist threat found in bathroom
TOWSON, Md. (WBFF) - Loyola Blakefield boys preparatory school cancelled classes and activities today after a racist message was found in the building.
FOX45's Paul Gessler reported that an email sent to parents and staff Wednesday night explained a racist threat was found in a bathroom stall.
The threat read: "No n----- better come on Thursday."
Baltimore County Police spokesperson Officer Jennifer Peach said: "The threat was a generic type of threat, but generic enough to mention today as a day."
School officials say the same stall was vandalized last week, too. County police say Wednesday was the first time they were called.
Peach said: "Throughout this school year thus far, they have had some issues with race relations among their students."
There was activity at the school Thursday, as police and the school were investigating the incident.
Loyola Blakefield officials declined our request for an on-camera interview, but school president Anthony Day said they were heartbroken and outraged.
He said once officials discover who is responsible, "they will no longer be a part of our community."
County police say they are working with the school on a security plan, too.
Peach said: "We're going to keep in close contact with the school in the event there should be any additional incidents that occur."
Sources say this message comes on the heels of other past graffiti, which even drove the school to have an assembly addressing racial issues.
Loyola Blakefield is scheduled to reopen Friday.
In a statement Thursday afternoon, county police said: "School administrators reported yesterday afternoon that a potentially threatening racist remark was scratched onto one of the bathroom stalls in Burk Hall. The remark suggested that no one of color should attend school on 'Thursday.' School administrators added that this was not the first incident of derogatory graffiti found this school year, but investigation regarding any prior incidents has been handled by the school administration. The school principal, Mr. Matinacci, advised that yesterday's incident was escalated in nature and the executive staff decided it necessary to report the incident and close the school for the safety of all students."
Police said in the statement "officers will continue to work with the school administration on the investigation into this incident and any prior incidents, as well as working with the school to develop a plan of action regarding safety precautions as they move forward, including an increased police presence at and around the school."