Anti-Semitic graffiti scrawled on Wheaton campus
NORTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- Anti-Semitic graffiti has been found scrawled on a Jewish students' home on the Wheaton College campus.
“That this has happened is a tragedy for this campus,” said Molly Tobin, a student.
Hate signs drawn on the wall of a Jewish Life house at Wheaton College have been blotted out, but the symbols have already left a dark impression on students at the small school.
“I was absolutely flabbergasted. I was in a moment of complete shock and I just stared at it for a few moments,” said Molly Tobin.
On Sunday morning, Molly Tobin found the anti-Semitic symbols in the back of the house she shares with four other students.
“There was three images on the door. There was a Jewish star crossed out,” said Tobin.
This is the first year that Wheaton has had a Jewish Life house on campus. Its residents say they were first targeted Friday night by a group of people shouting slurs from the street.
“The house will continue. The student body I think will continue to be as supportive as necessary,” said Julie Bogen, a student.
College administrators are condemning the acts while campus police investigate whether any students were behind them.
“We're upset that something like this would happen here. It runs counter to all of our values,” said Michael Graca, Wheaton College.
The hate signs were quickly covered up. The students who live here now hope their house can be used to send a better message.
“It's going to become a teachable moment and hopefully this will never happen on our campus again,” said Tobin.
Campus administrators say they plan to hold a campus-wide meeting to talk to students about what occurred over the weekend.