Stanford investigates swastika and Hitler picture left on student’s door: NPR

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People walk on the Stanford University campus under Hoover Tower on March 14, 2019 in Stanford, California. Stanford University announced Saturday that it is investigating after several swastikas and a picture of Adolf Hitler were found on the door of a Stanford student residence.

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Stanford investigates swastika and Hitler picture left on student's door: NPR

People walk on the Stanford University campus under Hoover Tower on March 14, 2019 in Stanford, California. Stanford University announced Saturday that it is investigating after several swastikas and a picture of Adolf Hitler were found on the door of a Stanford student residence.

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Stanford University officials said an investigation is underway after several swastikas and a picture of Adolf Hitler were found on a student’s door last week.

In a letter to students on Saturday, school officials said the images were found on a board attached to a student’s door in one of its dormitories. The student who lived in the room identified himself as Jewish because university officials said the symbols may have been intended to intimidate the student, the letter said.

School officials said campus security is investigating the incident as a hate crime.

“We want to be clear: Stanford does not unequivocally condone anti-Semitism, racism, hate speech, and related symbols, which are wrong and will not be tolerated,” university officials said in the letter.

As of Sunday evening, the university had not identified who was responsible for the incident.

News of this example of anti-Semitism is one of many reported hate incidents on Stanford’s campus this academic year.

Earlier this month, another student reported that a swastika with the words “KKK” was carved into the wall of the disabled men’s restroom. The damage to the post was reported to a school building official and was eventually repainted, officials said.

In February, a student found hateful words and symbols on a metal panel on a bathroom wall in a men’s bathroom on the main campus. University officials said the vandalism was in the form of several swastikas, the n-word and the letters “KKK.” Both incidents were classified as hate crimes, officials said.

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