USM investigating racially charged graffiti in library

USM investigating racially charged graffiti in library

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The University of Southern Mississippi is investigating an incident where racially charged graffiti was found in the Cook Library.

A statement was issued by Thomas Burke, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs Monday afternoon:

The University's police department is investigating a case of written graffiti in a library restroom on its Hattiesburg campus that included racially charged language. The University strongly condemns any communication that demeans any person or group and is committed to creating and maintaining an environment that welcomes, encourages and supports its diverse community.

The school will not comment on what the graffiti said, but University Police Department Chief Bob Hopkins told the Student Printz that the graffiti was racially charged and made "some comments disparaging [African-Americans,] and it also mentioned the KKK and Trump 2016."

Hopkins also told The Student Printz that the students, or persons involved, could face misdemeanor vandalism charges.