School Officials Report Swastika Drawn on Comment Card at Macalester

School Officials Report Swastika Drawn on Comment Card at Macalester Photo: KSTP

October 29, 2018 04:34 PM

School officials at Macalester say an unknown individual drew a swastika on a comment card and placed it in a suggestion box attached to a bulletin board on the first floor of a dorm on campus.

A security alert on the school's website said the incident was reported Saturday and reportedly occurred in Turck Hall.


The alert said the matter has been reported to the St. Paul Police Department. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact campus security at 651-696-6555.

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"Hate speech and actions such as this are unacceptable and have a wide range of negative impacts on the community," the post read.

The incident comes just a week after school officials at the University of St. Thomas said they were actively investigating a racist message allegedly left on a student's door in a dormitory there.

Students gathered for a sit-in to show support for the student targeted.

In 2017, Macalester reported two incidents in which swastikas were found in residence halls. Two swastikas were also reportedly found drawn on a study table in the school's library. 

There was also a report of an anti-Arab message left on the door of a janitorial closet.

Then earlier this month, campus security reported it was alerted to a swastika drawn on a costume mask in a storage room on campus, one week after two other swastikas were reportedly found in the school's library.

And in September, it was reported to security that unknown parties had allegedly written "Black Lives Don't Matter" (someone had reportedly already scratched the word Don't out) on a bathroom stall wall.

A statement from the school read as follows:

"This fall, there have been three incidents of swastikas and one other incident of hate-oriented graffiti found in campus buildings at Macalester. The markings were documented and removed by campus security, and reports were filed with the Saint Paul Police Department.

"Hate speech, in any form, is unacceptable in our community. Macalester strives to build a just and inclusive community and an educational environment that encourages our students to value and promote diversity and inclusion on campus and in the world. We are working as a community to address recent incidents of hate speech and to provide support to students, faculty, staff, and alumni who have felt particularly impacted by these incidents."

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