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Authorities Investigate Racial Slurs At A Roberts Wesleyan Dorm

Authorities are investigating an incident where racial slurs were found written in a dorm on the Roberts Wesleyan campus.

Monroe County deputies say the slurs were written in a common area of a suite. They also say some money was taken out of a backpack in the same area.

Deputies are treating this as a criminal mischief and larceny investigation.

Roberts Wesleyan President Deana Porterfield issued this statement:

"Roberts Wesleyan College is outraged and saddened about the apparent racially motivated incident that took place on campus today. We have zero tolerance for racism or discrimination — this type of behavior is not acceptable and is not who Roberts Wesleyan is as a community.

We were founded on a belief in the value of full community and are committed to providing a safe and welcoming community to all students, staff and faculty. Such racist discrimination and hateful actions will not be accepted.

We addressed this situation immediately and are working closely with campus safety and local law enforcement on the investigation. 

The college will host a meeting for all students, faculty and staff to address the situation and to create an open dialogue."

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.