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2 Racist Incidents Under Investigation at Framingham State University

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    Framingham State Promises Action on Racial Slurs

    A second racial slur was discovered Sunday morning at Framingham State University in Framingham, Massachusetts. This second slur was found in the same location as the first incident on Friday.

    (Published Monday, Oct. 16, 2017)

    A second racial slur was discovered Sunday morning at Framingham State University in Framingham, Massachusetts. This second slur was found in the same location as the first incident on Friday.

    "The N-word was written on our door, right outside our room, and I don't feel safe."

    Eunice Bwambok and Nicole Harvey are still working out their feelings and emotions after finding the phrase "N's live here" written on their door at Larned Hall Sunday morning.

    "This is a problem and not something that can just be pushed off."

    This comes after another racist incident on Friday. Someone wrote "N-word club" on a flyer for the Black Student Association. It happened nearby on the same floor.

    "Police are already investigating that these two incidents were connected.

    School Spokesperson Dan Magazu says authorities are looking into this as a possible hate crime, but they have no suspects or leads at this time.

    School leaders called an impromptu listening session on campus Sunday night so students could share the hurt caused by these incidents and ask all kinds of questions.

    Bwambok and Harvey are juniors and say they've never experienced racism on campus.

    "They made me feel welcome, like I'm part of the community."

    But after the past few days, "that has changed a little bit."

    School leaders say the listening sessions are just the beginning. There will be a campus-wide get together Monday afternoon to heal and unite this community. 

    President Cevallos released the following statement:

    "This behavior is unacceptable and we are going to do everything within our power to determine who is responsible and hold them accountable. It is our highest priority for students to feel welcome, respected and safe on campus.

    Now, more than ever, it is important that we come together as a community to condemn this behavior, address your questions and concerns, and show our support for one another. I have instructed that Monday’s All-University Meeting, which was originally scheduled to discuss our 5-Year Strategic Plan in the McCarthy Center, instead be moved to the Dwight Hall Performing Arts Center and used as an open forum to discuss this issue. I strongly encourage everyone to attend the forum, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. As a community, we will work to prevent these incidents and the divisiveness they breed, so we can move forward and heal.

    Framingham State University draws strength from its diversity. We are an institution where individuals of differing cultures, perspectives, and experiences are welcomed, respected, valued and supported. We must not allow those with hate in their hearts to divide us. The best way to stand up to this type of vile behavior is by uniting as a community against it.

    To those students who feel targeted by these actions, we are here for you. I encourage you to take advantage of the many resources we have on campus if you need someone to speak with, including the Center for Inclusive Excellence, the Counseling Center, Campus Police, Human Resources, the Campus Clergy and the Dean of Students Office."

    Anyone with information regarding these incidents is urged to contact campus police at 508-626-4911, or you can send in an anonymous tip by texting 67283 with “FSUTIP” in the body of the message.


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