Students at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Meyers are reeling after “Kill N******,” along with an image of a stick figure hanging from a tree, was left on a campus whiteboard, WBBH reports.
“Kind of odd for someone to not only feel that judgment towards others but to feel it so strongly where they feel the need to display it in such a graphic and upsetting way,” Olivia Cafiero, a freshman at the school, told WBBH.
According to university officials, the message appeared two weeks ago in Seidler Hall, home to the College of Arts and Sciences.
Police believe someone walked into the building––which allows public entry––to scrawl out the hateful message on October 12, the outlet writes. Campus authorities involved in an investigation say they have no leads, but rebuked the racial slur and image.
“While occurrences such as this are very rare at FGCU, we strongly condemn this hateful expression which is contrary to the civil and mutually respectful culture of our campus community,” the university wrote in a statement released to WBBH.
Certain students told the outlet that the message is particularly upsetting since the environment at FGCU promotes inclusivity.
“Really shocked. Like I wasn’t expecting any sort of like, racial disturbance like that on a campus so accepting as this one,” said junior David Samuelson.
FGCU’s Black Student Alliance led campus protests on Thursday afternoon. Students also plan to march to the Board of Trustees building to demand action.
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