Towson, MD - Oc. 13, 2015 - On Sunday, at about 12:45 a.m., Towson University student Rebecca Altschul was returning to her dorm after visiting her friend’s dorm. Alone, she walked through Freedom Square like she always does, when something happened to catch her eye.
“The first thing I saw was a Jewish star with a cross through it,” said Rebecca, a 19-year-old sophomore from Cedar Grove, New Jersey. “I went back to look at it. On the board was written, ‘Fascism Just Do It’. Underneath that, it said, ‘Hitler was right’. Next to the Jewish star it said, ‘With Jews you lose’. I took pictures of it all. I was pretty upset, really scared and called my friend as I was walking back to my dorm and said, ‘You’ll never guess what I just saw’.
The first thing I thought of was that I had to do something about this. As soon as I got back to my dorm, I uploaded the pictures to my computer and emailed them to the Towson S.G.A. (Student Government Association), the [University] president‘s office, and the Towson Hillel. I posted it on Facebook and I started getting comments right away--‘this is terrible’, ‘how could this happen’.”
By 9 a.m., her post had almost 100 Shares overnight. People were contacting Rebecca from everywhere. Almost every person in Hillel had messaged her and asked if they could speak with her or if there was anything they could do.
“The president of the S.G.A. personally drove to campus and erased the messages himself,” notes Rebecca. “We both called the T.U.P.D. (Towson University Police Department), and an investigation has been started. They asked me questions so they could know how to correctly file this report. A meeting is scheduled this afternoon to brainstorm how to go about dealing with this. My post has almost 200 shares now, and an article has been written about it on The Odyssey, a student news source published by college students throughout the U.S.. Hillel also set up a meeting for this week, to discuss what happened. Only one or two have mentioned to me that it is freedom of speech.
“I’m Jewish, I’m from a small town, people are mean, but never had I experienced anything like this. Prior to this, I hadn’t seen any incidents of anti-Semitism on campus. I was shocked….Stand up. Don’t be afraid to speak up.”