Incidents like this are happening all over, and they’re turning out to be hoaxes.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:

Two Georgia universities investigating swastikas on campus

Two Georgia universities are investigating who drew swastikas and other racially-charged messages this week on their campuses, adding to a growing list of similar incidents nationwide on college campuses in recent weeks.

The presidents of both schools — the University of Georgia and Georgia College & State University — have written messages to students, faculty and staff condemning the acts since swastikas are used as a symbol of anti-Semitism or of Nazism. It’s unclear if the acts on the campuses are connected.

The incidents in Georgia took place as officials at Syracuse University in upstate New York investigate four similar cases, including a swastika, on that campus in a recent eight day stretch, angering many students who feel administrators reacted slowly and poorly communicated their response. Swastikas have also been drawn at Smith College and UMass Amherst.

At UGA, which has nearly 39,000 students, swastikas were drawn on message boards in Creswell and Russell halls, the Red & Black, the university’s student newspaper reported. University president Jere Morehead described the images as “appalling” in a message to the campus community.

“I am appalled by such offensive and outrageous displays of hate,” Morehead wrote. “Let me be clear: this type of behavior has no place on our campus. The University of Georgia is defined by our shared values. Respect for others, diversity of thought, a love of learning, and a drive to expand knowledge and make a positive difference — these values unite us as a campus community and inspire our academic endeavors.”


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