Swastika, Feces Found at Kent State University; Jewish Student Group Denounces ‘Act of Hate’
Police are probing an incident of vandalism involving a swastika at Kent State University in Ohio.
On Monday morning, custodians at the school found a swastika on a glass window at Satterfield Hall, alongside feces on the floor and broken microwaves, English department head Robert Trogdon told KentWired.
The vandalism is believed to have taken place on Sunday evening. The swastika and feces have since been removed.
“It looks to be mischievous criminal damage,” a spokesperson for the university told The Algemeiner on Wednesday.
The Hillel at Kent State — which is currently on winter break — said it was “shocked” to hear about “this act of hate, vandalism, and anti-Semitism that occurred on our campus.”
“We are in communication with our partners at Kent State, the [Anti-Defamation League], and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland to combat this hate and ensure an action like this does not ever occur again,” the group said in a statement on Tuesday.
An ADL report released earlier this year revealed a 89 percent rise in antisemitic incidents on campuses between 2016 and 2017.
“College and university administrators, faculty, and staff must receive the necessary training to effectively respond to anti-Semitic incidents, hate crimes, hate speech, and extremism on campus,” the group recommended at the time. “Campus officials have a moral obligation to speak out against hate.”