Package by Phil Dupont
Temple Police are investigating the discovery of a racial slur and a swastika written in the snow on a parked car near campus early Friday. The car was parked on Carlisle Street near White Hall.
A photo showing the slur and the swastika was tweeted by Kelly Dawson, a Temple junior and president of the Black Student Union.
“My initial reaction was honestly outrage. Not only is this a disappointing projection of ‘Diversity University’s’ true cohesiveness, but it is also yet another indication of the disturbances caused by Temple Students in the neighborhood that we are inhabiting,” said Dawson.
Dawson reached out to TSG who contacted Temple Police and, according to Dawson, the men responsible have been captured on camera.
“We will work to rectify the situation in the best way possible by ensuring that repercussions are pursued to the fullest and we will be remaining in touch with the Temple Student Government to do that,” Dawson told Update
Charles Leone, Executive Director of Public Safety said on Friday, “We want to identify these individuals and hold them accountable for their action.”
Leone says he cannot characterize the incident as a hate crime since it is not considered vandalism as the words were written in snow.
“It is good to know that Temple Student Government responded immediately, and I am glad to have received such a response from them.” Dawson continued, “Repercussions for this are completely necessary but also only a temporary remedy for the discontent that exists amongst Temple’s students and further action should be taken by administration.”
Temple University Police released the picture below of people of interest in the case. Anyone with information is urged to call the tip line at 215-204-6493.
— Temple Police (@TU_Police) February 6, 2016
Temple Student Government issued a statement on Twitter saying it had been made aware of the incident and adding, “we don’t condone this behavior.”
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