4 teens charged for racist, anti-gay graffiti at Md. school

(PHOTO: Howard Co. Police - From left: Tyler Curtiss, Matthew Lipp, Joshua Shaffer, Seth Taylor)

HOWARD CO. – Four students at a Howard County high school are facing charges for hate crimes after school officials say they spray-painted the school with racist, anti-semitic, and anti-LGBTQ slurs.

The hateful graffiti was found at Glenelg High School Thursday morning, and one of the slurs attacked the school principal.

Police say they reviewed surveillance video and saw four students spray-painting at various spots. Officers also found paint cans in the woods nearby.

(PHOTO: Ellie Smith)

After investigating, the following teens were arrested:

  • Seth Taylor, 18, of Ellicott City
  • Tyler Curtiss, 18, of Brookeville
  • Joshua Shaffer, 18, of Mt. Airy
  • Matthew Lipp, 18, of Woodbine

Police say all four have been charged with multiple counts of destruction of property based on race, color, religious belief, sexual orientation, or national origin. This charge is a misdemeanor and carries a penalty of up to three years in prison.