April 19, 2014

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FBI investigating Oberlin College hate incidents

OBERLIN — Oberlin College has asked the FBI to investigate a string of hate incidents that have plagued the campus over the past month and culminated Monday in a day-long “Day of Solidarity” after a student reported seeing a figure wearing the traditional hood and robes of the Ku Klux Klan.

College spokesman Scott Wargo said that the FBI notified the school officials Thursday that they would initiate a formal investigation based on the ongoing conversations between the college and federal agents.

He said the investigation into the various hate-incidents, which included the appearance of racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic slurs on posters and as graffiti around campus and the reported KKK spotting Monday is still ongoing.

Oberlin police have said that the college has taken disciplinary action against two students and that while no one was found wearing a KKK robe a woman was found who was wearing a blanket.

Police have said they haven’t been able to substantiate the KKK report and don’t know if the blanket wearer and KKK spotting are connected.

Read Saturday’s Chronicle for more on this story.