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Kent State police investigate racial slur vandalism incident

Kent State
Posted at 4:50 PM, Apr 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-01 17:33:24-04

KENT, Ohio — Kent State University announced Thursday that its police department is investigating after the N-word was found on a campus fixture on Wednesday.

"This act of vandalism comes from a place of hate, and Kent State will not tolerate it...To our Black students, faculty and staff, we realize the pain and hurt that this causes. Please know that we support you," the university said.

The school's Anti-Racism Task Force will hold a virtual town hall via Zoom on April 8 at 5 p.m. to announce actions it will take to stop racism at the university and to reaffirm its commitment to anti-racism.

"We look forward to the day when we no longer have to send such messages. Actions like this only reaffirm our values and our commitment to being an anti-racist campus," school officials said.

CLICK HERE to register if you'd like to attend the meeting.

School officials ask that anyone with information about the incident call Kent State police at 330-672-3070.

Last year, a giant rock at the school was defaced with "offensive and insulting" messages aimed at the Black community. In the wake of that incident, the students and faculty rallied together to show support for the black community.

RELATED: Kent State University considers removing rock after hateful message painted for third time

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