TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Police at Indiana State University are investigating after racist messages were left on a dorm room door this week.
The university says a first message was reportedly left on a white board between the hours of 4:45 and 5:20 p.m. on Tuesday. According to a photo shared by a family member, the note read “We don’t want you. Go back 2 Africa n******.” The school says occupants of the room were not home at the time.
While officers were investigating the first incident, ISU says a second and more threatening note was left between 2:50 and 3:10 a.m. on Wednesday. A residence hall staff member was on the floor at the time, but didn’t see anyone suspicious, according to the university.
The Office of Equal Opportunity/Title IX and Public Safety is investigating these incidents and officials are encouraging residents to immediately report any suspicious persons and incidents to the police. If anyone on ISU’s campus feels unsafe at any time, he or she should contact officers at 812-237-5555.
In addition, all incidents of discrimination and harassment should be reported directly and immediately to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX.
“Simply, incidents of racism and discrimination are not tolerated on our campus, as diversity and inclusion have been among Indiana State University’s core values since its first class of students in 1870,” said the school in a press release.
A mother of one of the students living in the room released this statement to CBS4 regarding the incidents:
Thank you for reaching out to me in regards to the incidents involving my daughter and her roommate at ISU. A report was filed with campus police after the first incident yesterday evening and I’m hopeful that they will find the cowardly culprit behind both heinous acts. I spoke personally to the head of Student Affairs today and I am grateful for the resources and support ISU has in place to assist the girls during this time. The situation is completely overwhelming for not only the girls but our families and their friends. I would just like to ask that everyone pray for peace and safety for my daughter, her roommate and all the students at ISU.