More swastikas found at Northwestern
- For the second time this month, graffiti swastikas have appeared at Northwestern University, this time at Ryan Field, where the school was to hold commencement.
- Graffiti has twice been discovered this year: once earlier this month at a construction site and once in April in the school's library.
For the second time this month, anti-Semitic graffiti has appeared on the campus of Northwestern University.
According to The Daily Northwestern, Ryan Field staff members noticed swastikas and other Nazi symbols covering the windows of the stadium’s North Tower the night before commencement.
After taking pictures, school workers quickly went about removing the graffiti.
University Police Deputy Chief Dan McAleer indicated Friday that his department will be working with the FBI to identify any groups or individuals connected with the act.
Earlier this month, similar anti-Semitic graffiti was found spray-painted at the construction site of the university’s new Kellogg School of Management.
“We need the university to be aware of it, conscientious that it is painful, and vigilant in terms of trying to educate the student population about the importance of diversity and what these types of hurtful symbols mean,” Dov Klein, the university’s Chabad rabbi, said after the graffiti was discovered at the construction site.
Northwestern police have also reportedly been investigating other swastika appearances and racist remarks found on walls in the school’s library back in April.
“The investigation by University Police has determined there is no immediate danger to any specific individual or to the larger campus community. However, these acts are offensive to the entire Northwestern community and will not be tolerated,” Morton Schapiro, the university’s president, said in an email to the student body following the April incidents.
On Wednesday, the university told Campus Reform that authorities were investigating whether a link existed between the April and June incidents, but no further information could be disclosed.
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