Hate Crimes

Reports of hate-related vandalism in Maryland schools nearly doubled between 2016 and 2017

Reports of hate-related vandalism in Maryland schools nearly doubled between 2016 and 2017

Not one week into the school year and the University of Maryland Police Department already had begun investigating two “hate-bias”-related incidents on the College Park campus after students discovered a swastika and anti-LGBT messages scrawled on whiteboards in separate dorms.

The latest incidents came after reports of hate-related vandalism in schools nearly doubled to 62 in 2017, from 34 the year before, according to Maryland State Police records. The incident reports cover elementary school to college.

“We are very concerned about what’s happening in schools,” said Doron Ezickson, the Washington regional director for the...

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