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Criminal Investigation Into Racist Graffiti at Salem State University

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    A criminal investigation is underway to try to figure out who is responsible for racist graffiti found Friday at Salem State University and around town.

    (Published Monday, Oct. 2, 2017)

    A criminal investigation is underway to try to figure out who is respondible for racist graffiti discovered Friday at Salem State University in Massachusetts.

    The N-word was sprayed on a dugout bench at the school's baseball field, and another message at a second location read: "whites only USA."

    In May, the University's Twitter account was hacked and racist tweets were sent out.

    Salem State University President John Keenan has called the graffiti despicable. In a statement posted to Twitter on Friday, Keenan said the university has zero tolerance for this type of behavior.

    "Salem State has no tolerance for discrimination and hate, and we strongly reject and condemn this message. This deeply troubling language has no place at our university as we strive to be as inclusive a campus as possible," said Keenan.

    Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, who is a graduate of the University, also denounced the hate graffiti in a statement, saying:

    "I believe that the Salem State campus community and our city remain committed to standing up to bigotry and hatred, while also working tirelessly to bridge our differences and support each other within the diverse, vibrant community we are all fortunate enough to call home," said Driscoll.

    Driscoll says these acts of vandalism do not represent the city or the people who live here.

    Keenan says if any students are found to be guilty of this they will be dismissed immediately.

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