We want to update you regarding the investigations of several incidents of anti-Semitic graffiti on our Medford/Somerville campus and in our host communities of Medford and Somerville. These incidents violated Tufts University’s fundamental values of inclusion and respect for all members of our community. The Tufts University Police Department (TUPD), in collaboration with the police departments of Medford and Somerville, quickly launched thorough investigations. Today, we are pleased to report that we have made significant progress in those investigations.
April 6, 2013 incidents – Bello and Spicer Fields and the City of Medford
These incidents included the tagging of Bello Field and Spicer Field at Tufts with anti-Semitic graffiti. Many other areas of the City of Medford were similarly defaced. A joint investigation by TUPD and the Medford Police Department has resulted in charges being filed against two juveniles, one from Medford and the other from Somerville. Neither party is affiliated with Tufts. The juvenile from Medford recently appeared in court and was held responsible for his actions. The juvenile from Somerville will appear in the same court in the near future and face similar charges. Until those court proceedings have concluded, information about the consequences imposed on either individual will not be available.
November 21 and December 13, 2014 Incidents – Lewis Hall and the City of Somerville
These incidents involved the tagging of Lewis Hall and signs in the immediate vicinity of Lewis Hall on the Tufts campus with anti-Semitic graffiti. The Somerville Police also determined that five similar incidents were committed elsewhere in the City of Somerville around the same time of the Lewis Hall incidents.
As the result of a joint investigation by TUPD and the Somerville Police Department, two non-Tufts juveniles, both from Somerville, emerged as suspects. Evidence obtained supported the application for criminal complaints against both individuals. The investigation also revealed that the suspects were alleged to have been involved in an additional graffiti incident on a stairway inside the Dowling Garage on November 23rd. The graffiti in this incident did not involve anti-Semitic content.
A hearing will be held at Somerville District Court in the near future, seeking criminal charges. We will continue to work in concert with the Somerville Police Department as it pursues criminal complaints against these suspects.
We remain committed to ensuring that Tufts campuses are places of civility and respect for all.
Department of Public & Environmental Safety