Curry College Hate Investigation Leads to Employee Firing


Chairman Kenneth Quigley did not release the employee’s name or say whether any criminal charges had been filed.


MILTON, Mass. (AP) — An investigation into several instances of racist vandalism and graffiti on a Massachusetts college campus over the past semester led to the firing of an employee, the school said.

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

The private school in Milton, just south of Boston, contacted the FBI and local police, who investigated. The evidence collected by law enforcement served as the basis for an internal investigation, he said.

“The outcome of the college’s independent investigation resulted in the termination of an employee and his expulsion from our community,” Quigley’s post read.

He did not release the name of the employee or say whether criminal charges had been filed. A Milton police spokesperson was unavailable.

“The college recognizes and regrets the impact these acts of bias 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 residence halls, sports facilities and bathrooms around campus.

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day in January, a laundry room in a dormitory was defaced with swastikas and “discriminatory and hateful language,” university officials said.

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

The college offered a $10,000 reward for information that led to an arrest, but a school spokesperson said Thursday it was unclear if anyone was eligible for the reward.

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


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