Hate investigation at Curry College leads to employee dismissal

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President Kenneth Quigley did not disclose the employee’s name or say whether criminal charges have been filed.

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MILTON, Massachusetts (AP) — An investigation into several instances of racist vandalism and graffiti on a Massachusetts college campus over the past semester has resulted in the dismissal of an employee, the school said.

The vandalism at Curry College, including swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti, and messages threatening black students, appeared to be the work of one person, school president Kenneth Quigley said in a message to the campus community on Wednesday.

The private school in Milton, just south of Boston, contacted the FBI and local police, who were investigating. The evidence collected by the police was used as the basis for an internal investigation, he said.

“The outcome of the college’s independent investigation has resulted in an employee being fired and removed from our community,” Quigley’s post said.

He did not disclose the employee’s name or say whether criminal charges have been filed. A Milton Police Department spokesman was not available.

“The college recognizes and regrets the impact these biases have had on our students, families, faculty and staff throughout the spring semester and hopes this will allow us to continue moving forward,” Quigley said.

The graffiti was found in residential halls, sports facilities and bathrooms around the campus.

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day in January, a washroom in a residential building was defaced with swastikas and “discriminatory and hateful language,” university officials said.

In February, after “threatening language targeting the black community” was found in the bathroom and laundry room, the school gave students the opportunity to virtually attend class for several days.

The college was offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, but a school spokesperson said Thursday it was unclear whether anyone was eligible for the reward.

Several other colleges and universities in the state have reported hate incidents targeting black or Jewish students in the past year, including the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Mount Holyoke College and Northeastern University.

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