College Probing Swastika Graffiti on Campus

Emerson College officials say they found two swastikas on college property

Officials at Emerson College are warning that those responsible for a series of swastikas scrawled on a campus building could face disciplinary action including termination or dismissal.

In an email Thursday, officials said a swastika was found scrawled on a bulletin board on Halloween. Another swastika was discovered Tuesday.

On Wednesday, swastikas were found scrawled on the door jams of every residential floor laundry room with the word "heil" accompanying one of the swastikas.

"We are deeply saddened to report that members of our community had to endure multiple offensive and hurtful acts of graffiti over the past few days," school officials said in the email. "These deplorable incidents are currently under investigation and at this time the offender(s) are unknown.

"We are better than this ugly behavior - please stand up and support your fellow Emersonians and our continuing efforts to make sure Emerson is an openhearted and inclusive community. We encourage all members to say something if they see something."

The email was signed by Emerson President Lee Pelton and others.

In addition, the Anti-Defamation Leage issed a statement reading "We condemn these disturbing acts of hate that have impacted Emerson College for the past two weeks."

The added, "We commend Emerson College for making it clear to all that acts of hate will not be tolerated. Hate-related vandalism, graffiti, intimidation and harassment demand a priority response."

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