September 6, 2018 at 8:42 am EST | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
University of Maryland investigates anti-LGBT ‘hate bias’ incident
A student found the anti-LGBT comments about 3:40 p.m. on whiteboards at Queen Anne’s Hall dormitory on Sept. 2, according to campus police. At about 8:07 p.m. that same day students discovered a swastika had been drawn onto a whiteboard at La Plata Hall dorm, police said.
Campus police didn’t disclose what the anti-LGBT comments said.
“In both incidents, a detective was immediately assigned, witness canvasses were conducted and follow-up interviews were completed,” the Diamondback, the university’s student newspaper, quoted a campus police official as saying in an email.
“Video reviews of the cameras in the area of both locations are underway along with a review of the card swipe access system,” the Diamondback quoted the police official as saying.
“The University of Maryland Police Department takes these matters very seriously,” WTOP News quoted the same official, Sgt. Rosanne Hoaas, as saying. “As our investigations continue, we call on our community for their help. If you have any information, please contact us. We want to hear from you,” WTOP quoted her as saying.
Anyone with information on either case is asked to call campus police at 301-405-3555.
Shige Sakurai, acting director of the College Park campus’s LGBT Equality Center, told the Washington Blade the Center will have an event on Thursday “so that students and others would have a place to come and decompress and get support if they feel affected by this.”
Sakurai added, “Suffice it to say that as an LGBT Center, we’re very concerned and want to make sure that we have supports out to our communities and that people can come together and prevent these kinds of situations from happening in the future.”