UNH Student Accused of Damaging Artwork Installed in Wake of Racist Incidents

May 18, 2017

Shaan DeJong
Credit UNH Police

University of New Hampshire police have arrested a student who they say damaged artwork that was meant to show support for students targeted by hate speech in recent days.

Shaan William DeJong, 19, of Hooksett was arrested on a charge of criminal mischief and later released on personal recognizance bail.

Police say DeJong damaged sculpted fists outside of Stoke Hall designed by students in support of those impacted by recent racially-charged incidents on campus.

UNH police chief Paul Dean says investigations into three of those incidents are ongoing. The police department is offering awards of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.