hate crime

March 7, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Student Discovers Swastika in Bathroom at Bannockburn Elementary School

Kate Bradley, the principal of Bannockburn Elementary School in Bethesda, emailed parents Wednesday about a swastika and curse word found drawn inside a boys bathroom stall. According to Bradley, the “a 5th grade patrol” officer discovered the expletive and antisemitic symbol Tuesday in the bathroom located in Green Hallway, which is primarily for 4th and 5th-grade […]

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March 4, 2019 | Staff Writer

Police Treating Armed Robbery, Assault as Hate Crime

Montgomery County police believe two masked men targeted a robbery victim based on his perceived sexual orientation, and detectives are investigating the incident as a hate crime, a police statement says. The robbery occurred about 10:17 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in the 900 block of Navahoe Drive in Silver Spring, police said. The two men […]

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February 26, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

MCPS Superintendent Says Schools Are Not ‘Desensitized’ to Hate

Jack Smith, the superintendent for Montgomery County Public Schools, addressed the recent acts of hate that have occurred in the high schools. Since December, there have been four known instances of hate at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, and Winston Churchill High School in Potomac. Richard Montgomery’s principal confirmed that in January, the school […]

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February 6, 2019 | Staff Writer

Swastikas Found Drawn on Churchill High Desks

Two swastikas were drawn on a desk at Winston Churchill High School, according to a note the principal sent to families. Security at the Potomac school as well as the school resource officer immediately began an investigation and the graffiti was removed by the building services team, the letter says. “We were able to identify […]

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January 22, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Richard Montgomery High School Confirms Two Hate Crimes in One Month

Richard Montgomery High School emailed parents this weekend about two hate crimes that occured on school grounds over the course of a month. The most recent incident involved a swastika that was spray painted in orange on “the side of a school building facing the stadium.” In the letter sent to families, Kiera Butler, Richard […]

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December 10, 2018 | Deirdre Byrne

Montgomery County Approves $200,000 Grant For Faith-Based Communities Targeted By Hate Crimes

Montgomery County has approved $200,000 for the Faith-based Facilities Security Operating Grant. The grant aims to cover security costs for faith-based communities―such as churches, synagogues, mosques, etc.―experiencing hate crimes. The county has officially opened the application for faith communities to apply for a grant of up to $20,000. Not only does the grant cover the cost […]

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February 6, 2018 | Mitti Hicks

Bill Introduced Would Require Public Universities to Report Hate-Based Incidents

A bill before the Maryland House of Delegates aims to prevent hate-bias incidents at colleges and universities. The legislation, introduced Jan. 26 and sponsored by a number of delegates, would require public institutions of higher education to implement and develop programs to prevent hate-based incidents and provide training in cultural diversity. If the law passes, schools […]

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June 26, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Leggett Announces Security Grant Guidelines For Faith-Based Groups

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett announced the guidelines for a new grant program aimed to help faith-based groups that have experienced hate crimes in the county make security improvements. The grant program titled, “Faith-based Facilities Security Improvement Grant,” is a one-time program of $225,000 that was approved by the Montgomery County Council in response to […]

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May 2, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Police Chief Tom Manger Says Hate Crimes Increased by 32 Percent

After the second bomb threat was made to the Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, the U.S. Department of Justice reached out to staff to see how they could be of assistance. “I said ‘well  I think it would be great if we could have a program that would educate our community and bring […]

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November 17, 2016 | Sonya Burke

Police Chief Reports 17 Percent Increase in Hate Crimes in Montgomery County (VIDEO)

In a video message posted online today, Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger reports a 17 percent increase in hate crimes and bias incidents in Montgomery County. According to Manger, there have been 62 incidents reported to the police department this year. He said the hate crimes are generally motivated by race, religion, or sexual […]

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