OSHKOSH, Wis. (WFRV) — UW-Oshkosh Chancellor Andrew Leavitt held a forum Friday in response to photos circulating social media depicting racist messages and a hateful symbol that some say a UW-Oshkosh student is responsible for.
Though the forum did not directly address the images in detail, pictures of the incident in question were sent to Local 5.
One image shows a whiteboard with the words, ‘No…Liberals, Jews, Muslims, Queers, or Hmongs’ written.
While another image portrays what looks like a black cloth with a white swastika over it.
In a statement UWO Chancellor, Andrew Leavitt said,
“We take (the images) seriously.
I am angry, and I am sorry for the pain these images cause.
They are examples of hate and bias that defy everything we stand for as a university and inclusive community.
We do not and will not tolerate it.”
One student has come forward on Twitter denying involvement,
A UW-Oshkosh student speaks out after the school’s chancellor called a forum in response to hateful images and words on a whiteboard in a home that some say he wrote. https://t.co/D3TjjCPgIJ— WFRV Local 5 (@WFRVLocal5) April 26, 2019
The Chancellor says the Dean of Students and Campus Police are investigating the incident.
The UWO school of Political Science also released a statement encouraging students to attend the 1 p.m. Friday forum: