Md. man from Charlottesville rally is former employee at Bryn Mawr School

Md. man from Charlottesville rally is former employee at Bryn Mawr School
Posted at 1:07 PM, Aug 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-28 21:25:03-04

Charlottesville police announced a Maryland man was involved in the Aug. 12 white nationalist rally in Virginia.

Police say Richard Wilson Preston was charged with discharging a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school. Special Agents from the Baltimore Division arrested Preston on Saturday without incident. 

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On Monday a Bryn Mawr School officials released a statement confirming that Preston used to be an employee. He was a maintenance worker from 1996-2001. 

The school sent an email to the community saying they are deeply disturbed by his actions and they don't align with the school's values, 

"We stand united against bigotry, prejudice and violence of any kind. We are ready to respond with support or counseling for any community members who are adversely affected by this news. Additionally, we will continue a dialogue with employees, parents, students and the extended Bryn Mawr community around current events and issues of injustice."

The school also mentioned as part of the vetting process for hiring employees, everyone is required to do fingerprinting and a criminal background check before working at the school. 

"Our hearts go out to the victims of the Charlottesville tragedy. As a school and as a country, we have important and challenging work to do to ensure that equity and justice apply equally to all people. These are the values for which Bryn Mawr stands."