CofC student arrested for vandalizing the Islamic Center of Charleston; CofC condemns actions

Charleston County News

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – An 18-year-old woman has been arrested for vandalizing the Islamic Center of Charleston.

Officers with the Charleston Police Department responded to reports that someone spray-painted the words “Utterly Blessed” on the north side of the building in pink and blue paint.

Hailey Elizabeth Riddle, of Wentworth Street, is charged with malicious injury to a place of worship and is expected to have a bond hearing Thursday.

Riddle is a student at the College of Charleston.

CofC President Andrew Hsu released a statement on Thursday afternoon:

“I am disappointed to write that we have been made aware that one of our students was arrested by Charleston Police today in connection with recent acts of vandalism at the Islamic Center of Charleston on King Street. As the investigation is continuing and out of respect for the judicial process, we will withhold judgment at this time. 

That being said, the College condemns any act of aggression, hatred or disrespect toward any individual or place of worship based on religious affiliation. We teach our students the core values of respect, diversity and community and hold them accountable to these principles.

Our values are who we are as an institution and as a community. They are our promise to each other and provide valuable and necessary common ground. 

Any member of our campus community who is found to be involved in such aggressive, hateful or disrespectful activity will be dealt with through the appropriate law enforcement authorities and/or in accordance with the College’s codes of conduct and institutional policies.”

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