Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. is investigating two incidents involving swastikas on campus. A swastika was found drawn on a white board on Nov. 7. It was hanging on a student’s door on the second floor of Pine Hall. One of the two students in the room is Jewish.
The incident wasn’t the first time a swastika was found in the residence hall this school year. A swastika and derogatory words against women were discovered on a dry erase board in a common area on the third floor of Pine Hall on Oct. 27.
Wheaton College said it increased patrols on campus following the two bias incidents.
In an email to students, faculty and staff, Wheaton College President Dennis Hanno said it “runs counter to our values as an institution.” Hanno described the swastika as a symbol of anti-Semitism, white supremacy and genocide.
In response to the incidents, the college has been hosting educational events. Last week, there was a solidarity rally on campus. Wheaton College is holding an event on Friday to discuss the history and meaning of the swastika.
The Wheaton said it’s following up every lead it receives and is offering support and counseling to students who need it.