Antisemitic graffiti found in bathroom at Mount Holyoke College

  • Students walk to the Mount Holyoke College Blanchard Campus Center, Nov. 16, 2020. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Monday, December 20, 2021

SOUTH HADLEY (AP) — A swastika and a racial slur targeting Jews were found in a bathroom at Mount Holyoke College last week, the third antisemitic incident reported at the prestigious women’s school this fall, the Anti-Defamation League in New England said on Dec. 9.

The graffiti, written in black marker on tile, was reported to ADL-New England on Tuesday by a parent of a student at the school, the organization’s deputy regional director, Peggy Shukur, told The Associated Press.

It was not clear if the graffiti was in a dorm bathroom or a bathroom in another building on the South Hadley campus, she said.

An email and voicemail seeking comment were left with a Mount Holyoke spokesperson.

The ADL in October received two reports of swastikas and slurs written in dorm bathrooms at the school, Shukur said. In at least one case, they were written on a mirror.

“The college’s leadership team and I understand the harm and fear this symbol has provoked on our campus,” the school’s president, Sonya Stephens, said in a letter to the community after an October incident, according to an online story in the Mount Holyoke News student newspaper. “We join you in both anger and grief and condemn in the strongest terms this provocation and all symbols of hate, which have no place on our campus.”