IUPD Following Up On Anti-Gay Graffiti Suspects

Messages written in chalk started in front of the IU chemistry building and ended at the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity.

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IUPD Chief Keith Cash says his department was made aware of the incident February 22 when staffers of the school newspaper, the Indiana Daily Student, alerted police to the graffiti.

Indiana University Police say they have suspects in the case of homophobic messages scrawled across campus two weeks ago.

Messages written in chalk and directed at members of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity started in front of the IU chemistry building and ended at the front steps of the Greek organization’s house, all the while using profane language and accusing some members of the chapter of having sexually transmitted diseases.

IUPD Chief Keith Cash says his department was made aware of the incident Feb. 22 when staffers of the school newspaper, the Indiana Daily Student, alerted police to the graffiti.

“We were first contacted by the IDS, we weren’t aware of it by an other source,” Cash says. “We went out, took some pictures and started a police report and hten some follow up with the Greek community, IFC in particular.  We now have some possible suspect information that we are following up on.”

GLBT Student Support Services Coordinator Doug Bauder says he would like to see a more public rebuke from university officials.

“It would be nice if the administration would respond to these things that happened, particularly because this was so outlandish, so a word from the provost or president, just a statement would have been nice,” Bauder says.

Cash would not give specifics about the suspects or say how many there are.

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