Police investigate racist graffiti found at school

November 11, 1996

Howard County police are investigating racist graffiti found painted on a wall last week at Oakland Mills High School.

An assistant principal found a swastika and "White Power" spray-painted on the wall at the school in the 9400 block of Kilimanjaro Road on Thursday.

It has been classified as a hate-bias incident by the Police Department.

Several schools in the county have been defaced with racist graffiti this school year, including a racial epithet spray-painted on a sign at River Hill High during the Labor Day weekend.

A 14-year-old from Mount Airy was charged in that incident.

In September, Howard County police and nine organizations and businesses, including the Rouse Co., county schools and the Columbia Association, began a campaign to crack down on vandalism and graffiti.

The school system reported 452 vandalism and 86 graffiti incidents during the 1994-1995 school year, costing $61,641 to repair and clean up.

Police log

Long Reach: 5000 block of Majors Lane: A maroon 1991 four-door Honda Accord with Maryland plates CHA-322 was stolen Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

Pub Date: 11/11/96

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