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IU Police Investigate Two October Hate Crimes

Two instances of graffiti in early October appear targeted at specific groups of people.

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IU Police have referred one of the cases to the IU Dean of Students.

Indiana University police have beefed up campus patrols and a student group is speaking out following what they are calling two recent hate crimes. The first involved a death threat written on a lesbian student’s door in her dorm. The other involved swastikas drawn on the doors of Jewish students in another dorm.

IU Police Chief Keith Cash his department has identified a female student in the case involving the swastikas.

“Occassionally you’ll get people who will either for immature reasons or true hateful reasons will draw some symbols without thinking about it or make a homophobic remark,” Cash says. “It’s just either due to hatred or just an uneducated person.”

Cash says his office referred the case to the Monroe County Prosecutor’s office, which referred it back to dean of students Pete Goldsmith, who is taking action. The other case remains under investigation.

GLBT Student Support Services Coordinator Doug Bauder says the incidents are unacceptable, but says he is concerned for the parties on both sides.

“Our concern was both for that student who had been threatened, but also for the person who felt that this was somehow a way to express themselves, obviously not in an appropriate way,” he says.

Police say the incidents happened on the Bloomington campus on October 6 and 8.

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