Westfield State University in Massachusetts has launched an investigation into “discriminatory and highly offensive language” after a black student reported finding a racial slur written on her door.

According to MassLive, the student, a senior at Westfield State, shared a photo on social media, claiming that someone wrote “niggers live here” on a name tag on her door in New Hall, a housing complex on campus.


The student, who tagged Westfield State President Ramon Torrecilha and the college itself in the post, was quick to receive a response and an outpouring of support.

Torrecilha immediately sent out a blatant message to the campus community: “This is unacceptable & will not be tolerated. Those responsible will be held accountable. This is not the Westfield I know.”

“As we conduct a thorough investigation of this hateful activity, please know that we have increased our security and have put our residence hall staff on alert to be vigilant,” Torrecilha added in another statement.


People also started rallying on social media under the hashtag #OwlsFightBack.


As MassLive notes, of the some 5,000 undergraduates at the school, 76 percent are white, 10 percent are Hispanic, 5 percent are black, and 6 percent identify as two or more races.

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