Loyola Blakefield College Preparatory School for Boys in Towson opted to close for the day following the discovery of bias based graffiti including an inferred threat to minority students.

School administrators reported yesterday afternoon that a potentially threatening racist remark was scratched onto one of the bathroom stalls in Burk Hall. The remark suggested that no one of color should attend school on "Thursday." School administrators added that this was not the first incident of derogatory graffiti found this school year, but investigation regarding any prior incidents has been handled by the school administration. The school principal, Mr. Matinacci, advised that yesterday's incident was escalated in nature and the executive staff decided it necessary to report the incident and close the school for the safety of all students.

Officers will continue to work with the school administration on the investigation into this incident and any prior incidents, as well as working with the school to develop a plan of action regarding safety precautions as they move forward, including an increased police presence at and around the school.