CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- For nearly four years, Queens University has been Noah Goldman's home. He's a resident adviser in the dorms.
- Goldman said he found a note with a swastika drawn with the words "Jew RA" below it.
- Hate crimes in Charlotte-Mecklenburg are up 52 percent from 2013 to 2017.
- Goldman said Queens University took his report seriously and some students on campus held a co-exist rally that said hate is not welcome.
“I love it here. I'm actually pretty sad I have to leave,” Goldman said.
It's why he was so surprised about what he found under his apartment door in October.
“Someone had slipped a note under my door. On the note there was a swastika drawn on it and below the swastika it said Jew RA,” Goldman said.
Goldman said it came just two weeks before the deadly synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh that killed 11 people.
“To me I took it to mean you're not welcome here,” Goldman said.
Spectrum News obtained numbers from CMPD that show a startling trend.
Hate crimes in Charlotte-Mecklenburg are up 52 percent from 2013 to 2017.
During that time there were 35 crimes against blacks, 33 against homosexuals, 17 against whites and 13 against Hispanics. But recently the biggest jump is against the Jewish community, which is up from one crime in 2014 to eight in 2017.
“It's certainly very concerning. Anytime we have someone victimized, even one time, our goal and our mission is to try and prevent that next crime,” said CMPD Lt. Brad Koch.
This year's numbers aren't out yet but Laurel Grauer from the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte said she's received nine reports of anti-semitic hate crimes at schools in the Charlotte area just in the past eight weeks.
“Those have ranged from slurs that children have said from one to another, hate speech in the form of letters and notes,” Grauer said.
“Unfortunately we are getting a lot of soundbites that are giving free reign to hate speech so students I believe are taking their cues from the adults in our society,” said Donna Tarney.
Tarney works at the Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Justice at Queens University. It's one of a number of groups that works with schools after hate crimes occurs.
They talk with students about the difference between meanness and a crime.
“We need to start intentionally educating our children about bias and prejudice. With so many other things weighing on the minds and time of teachers, this is what gets kicked to the side,” Tarney said.
Goldman isn't backing down. He wants to send a message.
“I just want to raise awareness. Let people know this happens, hopefully that it will make it less likely to happen,” Goldman said.
Goldman said Queens University took his report seriously and some students on campus held a co-exist rally that said hate is not welcome.
If you see an example of hate speech the best thing to do is to contact police.