Boston College student faces expulsion over racist graffiti

The student also allegedly assaulted campus police officers and set off a fire extinguisher in a dorm laundry room.

A Boston College student was arrested and has been suspended after allegedly writing racist graffiti on the walls of a residence hall Saturday night, as well as assaulting campus police officers and destroying property in a separate incident.

The student — who authorities identified Monday as Michael Sorkin, 19 — isn’t allowed on campus and could be expelled from the school, according to a statement from Joy H. Moore, BC’s interim vice president for student affairs.

Sorkin’s arraignment was scheduled for Monday afternoon at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, but was pushed back to Dec. 20. at Brighton District Court. He’s being charged with assault and battery on a police officer and malicious destruction of property, according to Jake Wark, spokesman for the Suffolk District Attorney’s office.


“These actions are in conflict with our institutional values, which call on all of us to treat one another with love and respect,” Moore wrote. “I ask you to reinforce to all those who comprise our community that such acts of hatred will never be accepted here.”

Sorkin allegedly wrote racist language on walls and furniture in the Welch Hall lounge, plus on a bathroom mirror and in hallways — the building serves as a dormitory, according to an article from The Heights, BC’s independent student newspaper, which obtained photos of the graffiti that has since been covered. 

The graffiti appears to include a racial epithet in the phrase, “[expletive] are the plague.”

Sorkin also allegedly set off a fire extinguisher in Walsh Hall, another residential building, The Heights reported.