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FBI assists Muskingum in vandalism at university; racial slurs reported

Published: April 9, 2012 9:12 AM

Officials of Muskingum University confirmed that agents of the FBI have assisted university police in investigating an incident that occurred on campus last month.

As reported in The Jeffersonian on March 11, a townhouse on campus was vandalized when an unknown person used spray paint to scribe racial slurs on the building.

The vandalism occurred while students were on spring break.

Because of the racially charged nature of the writing, the incident could be considered a hate crime and, hence, the justification for calling on the FBI.

Whether the incident was indeed a hate crime has yet to be ascertained pending completion of the investigation, university officials said.

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The vandalism occurred between March 2 and March 8.

The Jeffersonian was alerted to the incident initially by the mother of a Georgia student attending the university.

Janet Heeter-Bass, vice president of student affairs, said the lamentable nature of the vandalism was the first such incident she was aware of during her 17 years of service to the university.


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