University in Maryland cancels classes because of "racist threats" graffiti
“Multiple racist threats” found at Salisbury University forced the executives to cancel classes on Thursday.
The president of the University, Charles A. Wight in an email to the community said that “racially charged and threatening graffiti” were found in Henson Science Hall.” The incident is under investigation with the FBI assistance.
The University announced a Day of Healing for tomorrow instead of regular classes.
"Tonight, our campus is under attack by a coward. Not one but multiple racist threats are being directed at Black and Brown members of OUR community. An attack on some members of our campus community is an attack on all of us, and we all need to respond," said Wight in the letter. "I know these crimes have frightened members of our campus community, particularly Black and Brown students, faculty and staff. I am appalled by these vile acts which are not welcome on OUR campus and do not represent our values. I made the decision to cancel classes to give us all the opportunity to come together to process what we are experiencing, support each other and figure out how we can move forward together as a community."
Salisbury University classes are canceled Thursday, February 20, to allow the campus to heal from the most recent instance of threatening, racially charged graffiti. Support services will be available. Visit https://t.co/wgS4N5QFMH for more info.— President Wight (@presidentwight) February 19, 2020
Wight also noted that last fall "SU Police began an investigation into similar messages scrawled on the walls of two stairwells in Fulton Hall. Because of the sensitive nature of this case, we have not been able to divulge much information in that ongoing case."