Several students have withdrawn from an Ohio college after a threat to kill black students was scrawled on a men’s bathroom wall.
The FBI has launched a hate crimes investigation into the graffiti threat, which was found in a bathroom at a Hocking College residence hall in Nelsonville, Ohio.
Some 400 of the school’s 6,500 students are black, reports the Columbus Dispatch. It’s unclear if the date mentioned in the threat — Feb. 2 — has any significance to the school or the community.
The Associated Press reports that school officials were also alerted of another note, stating “kill the n—–s.” The incidents have left a “threat of a mass killing looming over black students at the community college,” AP reports.
At least two black students have withdrawn permanently from school out of fear for their safety, and another dozen have moved out of the dorm where the threat was found, officials at the two-year technical college said. Some students seem unperturbed, but others say the threat has brought simmering racial tensions to the surface.
Campus officials have reacted by ramping up security at the 6,500-student college, with increased patrols and new surveillance cameras. They are also offering to move students temporarily out of the residence hall, reports NBC 4 in Columbus.
This video is from NBC 4, broadcast Jan. 25, 2010.