Recent Timely Warning

Posted: December 14, 2015

Dear Scripps Students,

Late last night, while at a Christmas themed party at HMC, a Scripps student was the target of a threat. Specifically, an unknown male stated he wanted to “fucking kill all you people”.  Apparently, the suspect became angry when he saw our student in a Christmas sweater and believed her to be Jewish.

Our student immediately reported this matter to Campus Safety. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6’4″, between 20 and 25 years old, with an athletic build. He was was wearing blue jeans and a white Christmas sweater with a snowflake on the front. Campus Safety and the Claremont Police Department  are investigating this matter as a hate crime.  If you have any information which might lead to the identification of the suspect, please contact Campus Safety at 909-607-2000.

Although the suspect in this matter does not appear to be a Scripps student, I would like to take this opportunity to emphasize that hateful acts, no matter the motivation, have no place in our community. This includes hateful actions spawned by Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and other forms of religious intolerance. We must stand together against hate–in all its forms.

I understand that this incident increases the stress to students at Scripps and across the Claremont Colleges. Please note that the Dean of Students Office at Scripps will have walk-in hours today, in the Dean of Students Office, from 12:00pm to 2:00pm for students experiencing difficulties or wishing to speak with a DOS staff member.  Additional resources include:

  • Monsour Counseling and Psychological services, regular business hours, 909-621-8202, and after hours by calling Campus safety at 909-607-2000.
  • Chaplains Office, regular business hours, 909-621-8685
  • Your Primary Contact Dean

We will continue to work with Campus Safety and law enforcement to ensure the safety of our community.  We will provide an update should the status of this matter change or if additional information becomes available that might assist with the ongoing investigation.



Charlotte Johnson

Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

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