Framingham State University Police are asking for the public's help after a flyer containing racial slurs was found hung outside a room in a residence hall early Saturday morning.
According to university police, the flyer was found in Larned Hall. They believe the incident occurred sometime between 12:30 p.m. on Friday and 1 a.m. on Saturday.
The following letter was sent to the Framingham State University community:
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"I am writing to inform you about an incident that occurred in a residence hall on Friday afternoon. A flyer posted on a student’s door referencing the Black Student Union was discovered with a racist slur written on it. This incident is currently being investigated as a hate crime by campus police.
Framingham State University has zero tolerance for racism in any form and I know our community joins me in condemning this behavior. Framingham State is, and will always be, a community committed to tolerance, diversity, inclusion, and respect toward everyone.
This incident is deeply disturbing and we are going to do everything we can to determine the party responsible. That person(s) will face serious student conduct charges, which could include expulsion from the University, as well as potential criminal charges.
It is important that we unite as a community in condemning this behavior. We will be meeting with members of the residential hall this evening. Details regarding a campus-wide community forum next week to address this issue are forthcoming."
Police do not have any suspects at this time, but warned in a Facebook post that "the intentional, malicious defacing or damaging of property coupled with the racial slurs classifies this offense as a Hate Crime/Vandalism."
University police are asking the public to contact them with any information regarding the incident or those responsible at (508) 626-4911.