WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue police are digging into a possible hate crime that happened on campus Tuesday morning, less than 24 hours after hundreds marched through campus to protest racism.
According to the University, a placard left by protesters Monday as part of a display in front of Hovde Hall was defaced with a racial slur and a stick-figure drawing of a body hanging from a tree.
A group had gathered Monday morning to march and peacefully protest against recent racist incidents on campus. Although the most recent "incident" ended up being an accident, writing left over from a discussion, the group still feels Purdue's campus needs to shed its racism.
The Purdue Police Department is investigating this newest incident as a hate crime because property was altered or destroyed and the conduct seemed motivated by bias.
Dean of Students Danita Brown said her office is also investigating the action as a violation of the student code of conduct.
"If a student is involved," Brown said, "He or she will go through the University disciplinary process and could face expulsion if found responsible."
Purdue President Mitch Daniels echoed the University's intolerance for hate crimes.
"Bigotry and hate are neither welcomed nor tolerated at Purdue," Daniels said. "We welcome those who speak freely, in the open and with respect for each individual. Without free discourse, we cannot fulfill our mission. There is no place at Purdue for those who act from hatred. If you recognize yourself in this last sentence, you are not welcome at Purdue."
If you have information on the incident, you're asked to call Purdue police at 765-494-8221 or its anonymous tip line at 765-496-3784.
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