Syracuse Police Arrest Person Suspected Of Writing Graffiti Supporting Campus Protests
UPDATE: The Syracuse Police Department has clarified a recent statement it released in regards to the arrest of a suspect believed to responsible for recent graffiti that has popped up on campus.
The arrest wasn't in regards to the graffiti found in bathrooms on campus that included racist slurs directed at Black and Asian students, but graffiti that appeared to support the campus protests. The person arrested has been identified as 18-year-old Kym McGowan, and was arrested for criminal mischief in the fourth degree and making graffiti, both misdemeanors. McGowan has since been released on an appearance ticket.
\u201cSPD just released statement clarifying that the graffiti appeared to support \u201cthe campus protests.\u201d\u201d— Casey Darnell (@Casey Darnell) 1574350807
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Students have been leading the sit-in for several days straight.
Students at Syracuse University recently staged a sit-in to protest a number of racist incidents that have recently occurred on the campus.
The first incident took place on Thursday (November 7) when bathrooms on campus were vandalized with racist slurs and graffiti directed at Black and Asian students. This most recent incidents occurred on Saturday (November 16) and Tuesday (November 19). The former was centered around a group of people from the Alpha Chi Rho fraternity who verbally attacked a black woman and called her the N-word. The latter came about when a white supremacist manifesto was Air-dropped from an unknown person to a group of students studying at the school's Bird Library.
\u201cBlack students have been leading a sit-in at Syracuse University for 6 straight days. #NotAgainSU has a list of demands for their university, including:\n\n\u25fe\ufe0fExpel anyone involved in racist incidents\n\u25fe\ufe0fHire more counselors that represent marginalized groups\u201d— zellie (@zellie) 1574138786
On Wednesday (November 13), students organized a day-long sit-in and created the hashtag #NotAgainSU to bring awareness to the incidents. Students also created a list of demands sent out in a school-wide email, which included "the expulsion of anyone involved in the Day Hall vandalism, mandatory diversity training for faculty and staff, and open forums for students to communicate with the school’s Board of Trustees," according to The Cut.
Since then, Chancellor Kent Syverud issued a statement responding to student demands. Accompanying the statements was a memo, in which he agreed to make revisions to the student code of conduct, which previously didn't have a zero-tolerance policy for hate speech. The FBI is also assisting the school with its investigation of the incidents.
Source: The Cut