Letter to the Editor
It was upsetting to learn that a vehicle located on the College of Southern Marylands 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 past.
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. Marys County Sheriffs Office at 301-475-4200, extension 1900.
Dr. Brad Gottfried
President, College of Southern Maryland