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CAIR Welcomes Guilty Plea in Case of MD Students Who Targeted School Principal With Racist Graffiti

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/28/2018) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, today welcomed a guilty plea to hate crime charges in the case of Maryland students who targeted a school principal with racist graffiti.

SEE: Maryland Teens Covered School in Nazi and KKK Graffiti to Target Black Principal in Hate Crime

On Thursday, two 19-year-olds””Joshua Shaffer and Seth Taylor””pleaded guilty to hate crime charges for spray-painting racist and homophobic slurs across Glenelg High School in Howard County, Maryland this past May.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Hate Graffiti at High School in Howard County, Maryland

According to court documents, Shaffer admitted to targeting the principal of the school, who is African-American, and Taylor admitted to spray-painting the letters “KKK” and Nazi swastikas across the school grounds.

“By pleading guilty to hate crime charges in this case, the perpetrators of this bias-motivated intimidation are being held accountable for their bigotry,” said Maryland Outreach Director Zainab Chaudry. “This case shows that hate crimes are unacceptable and will be punished by law.”

She noted an unprecedented spike in bigotry and hate crimes since the election of Donald Trump as president.

The Washington-based civil rights organization and the American Muslim community have in the past expressed solidarity with Jewish, Christian, Native American, African-American, and Sikh communities in New Mexico, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Alabama, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and many other states following acts of hate, threats, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings.

In the past, CAIR welcome a Maryland county judge’s decision to uphold hate crime-related charges in this case.

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Judge’s Decision to Uphold Hate Crime Charges in Maryland High School Graffiti Case

Just last week, CAIR condemned a second hate incident in two months at a Maryland middle school and offered assistance with trainings to promote civility, tolerance, and inclusivity.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Second Hate Incident in Two Months at a Maryland Middle School, Offers Resources to School Officials

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.


CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062,

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