FBI Is Investigating Oberlin College Hate Crimes

The liberal college asked the the federal agency to investigate "possible bias incidents" on its campus. 

Posted: 03/08/2013 01:30 PM EST

The FBI began investigating Oberlin College Thursday after a series of hate crimes brought discomfort to the campus since February.  

"Based on the college's ongoing conversations with them and the evolution of our investigation, the FBI is initiating an investigation of the bias incidents that have occurred on the campus," Oberlin spokesman Scott Wargo said in an email to Reuters.

There were racist slurs written on posters advertising Black History Month activities. There were swastikas and “Whites Only” messages drawn over water fountains. There was also a report of someone dressed in a Ku Klux Klan-like hood and white robe walking through the campus near the school’s African Heritage House.

On Monday, the school’s leadership canceled classes in order to conduct a “Day of Solidarity.” Oberlin’s President Marvin Krislov brought together students in a packed campus chapel and offered an apology on behalf of the school to students who felt offended or threatened by the incidents of intolerance.

In doing so, Krislov said he was seeking to establish “a different type of educational exercise” that was focused on conducting “an honest discussion, even a difficult discussion.” 


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