The Rhode Island School of Design is investigating an incident in which swastika graffiti believed to be made of human excrement was found in one of the gender-neutral bathrooms on campus.
“You don’t know if it’s somebody who actually has a mental illness, or you don’t know if it’s somebody who’s just trying to play a prank or they actually are anti-Semitic,” Afi Goncalves, a student at the school, told local reporters.
No matter the reason, the act itself is reprehensible — to say the least. The school administration isn’t taking the situation lightly, deeming the disgusting stunt “unacceptable.”
“This level of disrespect and vitriol is completely unacceptable, and RISD Public Safety is investigating it as both an act of vandalism and a crime of hate,” the school said in a statement, according to The Root.
It seems like the act was pre-meditated and calculated as the culprit targeted a gender-neutral restroom amid the ongoing heated transgender bathroom debate.
The issue has been highlighted even more this week after President Donald Trump rescinded federal protections for transgender students to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity.
“That could be somebody’s safe space. So, I don’t think that’s right in any bathroom, especially a transgender bathroom,” student Rory Hernandez reportedly said.
Many on social media echoed each other’s sentiments of shock, disgust, and shame that anyone could embody so much hate that they would deliberately choose to express that hatred with feces.
@NYDailyNews why ????? Are they too stupid to know it's ????????????????? That they played with ?? ?— Joe (@gumbo1968) February 24, 2017
Hopefully the administration gets to the bottom of this quickly and the culprit faces disciplinary action along with some well-deserved public scrutiny for being so gross.
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