March 6th, 2013
12:00 PM ET

As classes resume, Oberlin grapples with hate messages

By CNN Staff

Oberlin, Ohio (CNN) - A day after students at Oberlin College put down their books to focus on how to respond to a spate of hate messages targeting blacks, Jews and gays on campus, classes resumed Tuesday amid tension.

The messages included graffiti with swastikas, posters containing racial slurs and other derogatory statements targeting various student communities and fliers bearing racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic language.

A student's report on Monday that she had seen someone on campus dressed like a member of the Ku Klux Klan led the school to suspend classes for the day.

"I saw someone in what seemed to be KKK paraphernalia walking on a pathway, like, a pathway that leads to South Campus," the student, Sunceray Tavler, told CNN affiliate WJW. "Just seeing that and having that sink in, this is something that's real, that actually happens."

Police said they received a report of a student wearing a blanket on his or her shoulders but could not say whether the incidents were related.

Two students have been identified as being involved in the postings from February and will be subject to college disciplinary procedures, Oberlin police said.

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  1. ohbehave

    Oberlin has repeatedly been in similar situations only to find that it was a minority student doing a "set up" like this so they could relish in protest marches and sit ins.
    These kids fantasize about being civil rights heroes, but are frustrated by the lack of *real* racism...... so they contrive their own.
    Amazing that this trivial story makes the national news.... it just shows how hard we work at pounding the carpet for crumbs of "racism!" and we're reduced to this.

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