UMass students concerned, upset over racist graffiti found on campus

Hampshire County

Racist graffiti was found at a UMass Amherst first-year residence hall this week.

A letter to students was sent, informing them that a poster was defaced with the “N-word” on the third floor of Melville Residence Hall Thursday.

UMass Police took possession of the poster and is now looking into the incident. UMass police are reviewing video from surveillance cameras at Melville Hall and are interviewing staff and residents in the hopes of determining who is responsible

Angus Black, a sophomore at the school, told 22News it was a terrible incident, “I don’t know if it’s some sort of sick joke or if this is an instance of a hate crime, but it’s terrible to see this in what should be a tight-knit community.”

Valeria Gerena, a UMass Freshman added, “I personally didn’t see it but I have friends who live in Melville Hall and news spreads very quickly especially here at Southwest. Definitely doesn’t make you feel safe or welcome.”

The university has increased the number of security officers at Melville Hall and is offering support and resources to students who have been targeted by acts of hate.

If you have any information on the racist graffiti, contact UMass Police at 413-545-2121.


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