Racist Vandalism at CSMDr. Brad Gottfried
It was upsetting to learn that a vehicle located on the College of
Southern Maryland’s Leonardtown Campus had been vandalized with ethnic
slurs on Tuesday, July 19. It is troubling that such an act occurred on
one of our campuses. Let me be clear, the college -- in the strongest
possible terms -- condemns this act of vandalism, and as an
organization, we do not, and will not, tolerate such behaviors.
We will use all internal and external means to prevent this behavior
from occurring again, including aggressively moving forward with the
installation of additional surveillance equipment. Furthermore, I can
assure our community that we are cooperating fully with the St. Mary's
County Sheriff's Office. Our goal is that the individual or individuals
responsible for this crime are identified and punished.
I am disturbed that even though we have come so far as a society,
individuals still exist who demonstrate malice and intolerance of
others. It is unfortunate that well into the 21st century, we as a
society still struggle with issues that should have been resolved in the
The college and all who work here are steadfast in our commitment to
ensure an educational and working environment that is free of bias and
prejudice and is also an environment in which every member of our
college community can feel safe and supported. Our official
non-discrimination policy makes that quite clear.
I would urge anyone with information about this incident to call the
St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office at 301-475-4200, extension 1900.
Dr. Brad Gottfried
President, College of Southern Maryland
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