In February 2014, someone left a derogatory comment on the bulletin board outside a resident assistant’s room at UNC Wilmington:
“When did UNCW start allowing faggots to be role models?”
No one was charged. But that incident of intimidation is one of 23 hate crimes in North Carolina based on sexual orientation or gender identity that were included in the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report for 2014.
“I think the title of it (hate crime) sounds worse than it actually was,” said Detective Charles Bost. “It involved negative comments on an information board.”
He said investigators never ascertained who wrote it. The resident assistant could not be reached for comment.
Andrea Weaver, deputy director of the Office of University Relations, told the Observer that the university fosters “an inclusive environment through numerous campus activities and awareness-building programs each semester, including: SafeZone Ally Training, community forums, discussion groups, connections to community resources and support for student-led organizations.”
Another incident involving a student occurred off-campus in 2011. Michael Nelmark told police he was attacked on a Wilmington street by four men. Nelmark, who was celebrating his 21st birthday, said one man yelled a gay slur.
Nelmark suffered cuts to his face that required stitches. The perpetrators were never identified and no one was charged. The Observer could not reach Nelmark.