The College at Brockport, State University of New York, has launched an investigation after someone wrote “N—gers deserve to die” on a whiteboard in a college dorm earlier this week, WHAM reports.
According to the station, students who live in the dorm are mostly people of color, a student said. University police are looking into the incident, and criminal charges could also be brought. The school says that the person found responsible will be expelled.
The president of the college, Heidi Macpherson, denounced the message, calling it “unacceptable” and saying that there is “no tolerance for behaviors or actions that are hurtful to or exclusive of any member of our community.”
According to WHAM, students were invited to reaffirm their commitment to the college’s Better Community Statement and also invited to participate in a community conversation around hate speech at a time and date yet to be determined.
“It saddens me that this message needed to be sent. Please join me in working towards ending the culture of intolerance that continues to exist in the world today,” Macpherson added.
According to the report, some students are now saying that they do not feel safe on the campus and that it is not the first incident at the university.
“This is not the first time that I’ve had a run in with racism here. I’ve actually faced racism in my dorm room as a student. … I don’t feel safe on this campus,” junior Diamond Cotton told the news station.
Read more at WHAM.