Four Maryland teenagers were charged with hate crimes after racist graffiti, homophobic slurs and swastikas were discovered spray-painted on a high school campus.
The graffiti was found at Glenelg High School on Thursday morning just before an awards ceremony for seniors, the Baltimore Sun reported.
Following an investigation, which included reviewing surveillance video, police arrested four senior students: Seth Taylor, 18, of Ellicott City; Tyler Curtiss, 18, of Brookeville; Joshua Shaffer, 18, of Mt. Airy; and Matthew Lipp, 18, of Woodbine, FOX 5 DC reported.
The four students face “multiple counts of destruction of property based on race, color, religious belief, sexual orientation, or national origin,” officials told FOX 5 DC. Three of the students were taken into custody from school and officials picked up the other at his home.
“We will not tolerate this in Howard County,” Superintendent Michael J. Martirano told reporters at a news conference.
“We work hard every day to make sure our children are safe and protected. No child, no staff member, within our inclusive community should ever feel any form of threat or harassment or any form of hate,” he continued.
The incident was the first hate crime reported at a Howard County school this year.
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SOURCE: Fox News, Kathleen Joyce