A UNC Asheville student caught in an Asheville Police Department graffiti investigation has been expelled from that school, police say.
An e-mail from the Asheville Police Department confirms that Austin Taylor Haltiwanger, 19, and
John Baxter Harrill, 20, were both expelled.
On Jan. 7, a spokesperson from UNCA told Xpress that Haltiwanger was no longer enrolled at the school, but would not confirm the expulsion, citing federal regulations regarding student records.
But the e-mail, sent by APD Captain Tim Splain to newly appointed Asheville City Council member Kelly Miller and Asheville City Manager Gary Jackson, confirms that the department received word from the campus’ Office of Student Affairs that the two were being expelled.
The e-mail refers to Haltiwanger and Harrill as “two of our most prolific graffiti vandals.”
Miller, executive vice president of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, has recently called for the expulsion of students at local schools caught vandalizing property as part of a larger crackdown on graffiti.
The e-mail from the APD to Miller is below.
— Brian Postelle, staff writer
***UPDATE: UNCA Dean of Students Jacquelyn McHargue has informed Xpress that Harrill was not a UNCA student. She also confirmed that Haltiwanger was no longer enrolled at the campus, but would not say whether he was actually expelled. That information, she said, is privileged by federal student privacy law.
McHargue said the information supplied to the APD about the expulsion did not originate in her office, nor was she aware of any formal communication from the Office of Student Affairs about Haltiwanger’s status.***
To: ‘Kelly Miller’
; William Hogan
> CC: Gary Jackson
> Sent: Thu Jan 08 09:34:23 2009
> Subject: RE: Check with
> On the afternoon of December 17, 2008 APD Criminal Investigations
> Supervisors received word from the UNCA Office of Student Affairs that
> Austin Taylor Haltiwanger, 19, of Asheville and John Baxter Harrill, 20,
> of Fairview were being expelled from UNCA. These individuals are two of
> our most prolific graffiti vandals…Haltiwanger uses the tags of ETCHR
> and FEIZ…Harrill uses TRIDE, MOMS, POED, TIKE, and others.
> Capt. Tim Splain