Fifth teen arrested in connection with racist graffiti at school

April 29, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A fifth South River High School student was arrested yesterday in connection with the defacement of school property with racist graffiti and drawings of swastikas, Anne Arundel County police said.

The 15-year-old Lothian resident faces the same charges as four others arrested during the weekend; harassment, which police labeled a hate crime, and disrupting school activities.

The other students are Garth Lewis Swimm III, 18, of Davidsonville and three 17-years-olds who live in Riva, Edgewater and Crofton.

If convicted Swimm could face a maximum penalty of three years in prison on the harassment charge, prosecutors said. The minors could face a range of penalties.

The investigation is continuing, police said.

Police said during the weekend that the first four teens charged had confessed to eight of 11 instances of "racial, religious or ethnic unlawful acts" reported by the school since December. They include the posting of neo-Nazi fliers at school and on cars in the parking lot and the drawing or spray-painting of swastikas, racial slurs and death threats on school walls.

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