TUPD investigating offensive posters hung around campus

University President Richard Englert released a statement on Friday. including photos of the suspect.
University President Richard Englert released a statement on Friday. including photos of the suspect.

UPDATE at 4:46 p.m. on Dec. 15

University President Richard Englert sent an email statement to the Temple community on Friday that included photos of the person suspected of hanging racist posters around campus earlier this week.

Temple Police reviewed security footage, which shows the suspect on a red bicycle wearing a helmet. The posters were hung up at the 1200 block of Norris Street, the 1300 block of Norris Street and on 13th Street near Montgomery Avenue, according to the statement.

“These fliers were disgusting, intimidating and hateful, and they have no place on our campus,” the statement read. “They do not represent the Temple community that I have known and loved during the last 40 years. Personally, I found the fliers despicable, and it breaks my heart that this occurred at Temple.”

Englert encouraged students with “concerns” or “suggestions” to reach out to the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equality, Advocacy and Leadership, Student Affairs or email him directly.

Update at 11:08 p.m.

Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said the posters were found around 8 a.m. on Wednesday.

Student Body President Tyrell Mann-Barnes spoke out about the posters on Twitter Wednesday evening.

“I am not the least bit surprised by the sign outside of 1940,” the post read. “However, I will say that it is imperative we fight hate, racism, bigotry, and intolerance every time we see it.”

Multiple posters hung around campus with racial slurs were found on Wednesday night. Temple Police is currently investigating these incidents, university officials said.

The signs were posted on power poles containing “inflammatory language aimed at African Americans,” university spokesman Brandon Lausch wrote in an email to The Temple News.

“This is disgusting, hateful and has no place on our campus,” the email read. “Students who find additional posters are asked to contact Campus Safety Services.”

One sign was posted outside 1940 Residence Hall containing a racial slur, according to a photo posted on Twitter.

The Temple University Twitter account replied to the post, thanking the student for sharing it.

“Thank you for sharing, this is deeply offensive and never acceptable,” the response read.

This is the second alleged racial incident at an on-campus residence hall this semester. In September, bananas were placed on the door handles of Morgan Hall rooms with all Black residents.

Temple Police can be contacted at 215-214-1234, via an online anonymous tip or on Twitter at @TU_Police.

Editor’s note: Gillian McGoldrick is a resident assistant in 1940 Residence Hall, where one of the signs was found. She took no part in the reporting or editing of this story.

Kelly Brennan
can be reached at kelly.brennan@temple.edu Or you can follow Kelly on Twitter @_kellybrennan Follow The Temple News @TheTempleNews

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