NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Fordham University is trying to get to the bottom of a series of alleged hate crimes.
The most recent incident involved a racial slur discovered by a janitor in a bathroom in Goupil Hall on the Bronx campus, reports CBS 2’s John Slattery.
“It’s a shame in New York City, a place with some much diversity and culture. It’s really ignorant and really sad,” Fordham senior Mike Diaz said.
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They are the latest of three suspected bias incidents in the last month. The first was the “N” word scrawled on the dorm room door of a female resident assistant in Walsh Hall. Then, at the Lincoln Center in Manhattan, in stairwell of McMahon Hall, a homophobic word was found.
African American students Slattery spoke with found it all odd and out of character with the fabric of the school.
“I’ve never ever thought about being a minority here. I mean, doesn’t seem like it matters,” senior Josh Itano said.
But the slurs have certainly mattered to the school’s administration, with University President Joseph McShane saying the campus community, “will do everything in their power to stop these incidents and start repairing the trust damaged by them.”
“I’ve never encountered any racism or anything like that,” senior Shante Carpenter said.
With students forming what seems like a united front against hatred, an investigation is underway, hoping to find those responsible.
The office of Residential life and Campus security are conducting the investigation.
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