April 1, 2020

Swastikas Found in N.C. School Dorm

Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

A number of swastikas were found inside a residence hall at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCCSM) on March 27.

A March 28 email from NCCSM Chancellor Todd Roberts told members of the community that the “swastikas were found drawn on one of our residence hall floors.” The name of the residence hall is not mentioned.

“The swastika symbol has historically been and continues to be used as a symbol of hate, intimidation, intolerance, and this type of behavior has no place in our community on campus and will not be tolerated,” Roberts wrote. “I am deeply disappointed in the actions of the individual or individuals who felt it was okay to draw swastikas in one of our residence halls.”

Roberts concluded the email by stating that the school is investigating to see who the perpetrator or perpetrators of the swastikas were.

Bryan Gilmer, NCCSM’s director of communications, told the Journal in an email that the school is not making any photographs of the swastikas publicly available because they “don’t want to propagate such offensive images.”

The investigation is continuing, but there is no update to provide so far since the chancellor’s email,” Gilmer wrote.

NCCSM describes itself as “the nation’s first public, residential STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) high school, challenging and inspiring N.C. students through residential, online, and summer options.”