FRAMINGHAM (CBS) — A forum for students at Framingham State University was held Monday afternoon as the school addresses the racial slurs found multiple times in a residence hall over the last few days.
On Friday, racial slurs were found written on a flyer hanging outside a dorm room in Larned Hall.
Two days later on Sunday morning, a racial slur was found written on a students’ door in the same building.
“I didn’t feel safe going back to my room and I felt like I was a target especially since it was written outside of our door,” said Eunice Bwambok, an FSU junior who found the phrase written on her door.
Nicole Harvey is Bwambok’s roommate.
“We’re really scared because if you can go from writing on a flyer to writing with permanent marker on our dorm room door, then you can do anything else,” said Harvey.
Many students say Monday’s meeting was necessary but they also want to see action.
“It’s a first step but at the same time if we are not going to continue this, what is the point of having this discussion?” one student said.
Since the incident police say they’ve interviewed more than 52 students, reviewed video footage in the area, and beefed up security.
Still many students feel the school needs to do more. “Regardless of our emotions, this is happening. People are writing offensive sayings on dorms, people are feeling unsafe, is there anything that can be done about that? That’s the real question,” FSU student John Beesen said.
During the forum the students offered solutions as well. “I would like to see the parents being targeted too because these kids are being taught this at home and parents are not taking actions at home,” FSU student Kwazay Casey said.
FSU President F. Javier Cevallos wrote a letter to the school community on Sunday.
He said, in part: “Now, more than ever, it is important that we come together as a community to condemn this behavior, address your questions and concerns, and show our support for one another. I have instructed that Monday’s All-University Meeting, which was originally scheduled to discuss our 5-Year Strategic Plan in the McCarthy Center, instead be moved to the Dwight Hall Performing Arts Center and used as an open forum to discuss this issue. I strongly encourage everyone to attend the forum… As a community, we will work to prevent these incidents and the divisiveness they breed, so we can move forward and heal.”
University Police are looking to see if the two incidents are related.
Anyone with information is asked to call University Police at 508-626-4911. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can text 67283 with FSUTIP in the body of the text.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Ben Parker reports