Four swastikas found carved in Johns Hopkins University dormitory elevator – CBS Baltimore
BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Johns Hopkins University officials are investigating after the discovery of four swastikas carved into the walls of a dormitory elevator on the Peabody Institute campus.
The incident was not only reported to campus security, but also to federal law enforcement as a possible hate crime. The university has also launched its own investigation through its Office of Institutional Equity.
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“Johns Hopkins University unequivocally condemns the use of this symbol of hatred and the anti-Semitism it embodies in all its forms,” university officials said in a letter to the community. “We take this incident and every incident that glorifies hatred and violence seriously, and we will continue to investigate and take all appropriate measures to protect the safety and well-being of all members of our community.”
The university also offered counseling to students and faculty.
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The anti-Semitic symbol was used by the Nazis after World War I and continues to be used as a symbol of hatred for various extremist groups, including neo-Nazis.
All members of our community who have concerns about their safety should contact Campus Security at 410-516-7777. And if you have any information or questions about this incident, please contact the Office of Institutional Equity.
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