SALISBURY, Md. (WJZ) — After multiple incidents of racist and sexually-charged vandalism on Salisbury University’s campus, students decided to counteract the hate with some positivity.
Students started covering the stairwells Wednesday where vandalism was discovered with signs and Post-Its containing positive messages.
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University officials said the most recent incident was in Fulton Hall, which houses administrative offices, classrooms and Delmarva Public Radio.
An Instagram post from the university’s NAACP chapter shows a number of messages written on the walls in a stairwell, one of which reads “Sandy Hook Comes to SU” followed by a racial slur.
The incident caused shock among students.
“My first initial thought was this is unreal,” a student said.READ MORE: Baltimore Police Seek Public Help to Find Missing Man Described As Vulnerable.
“I shouldn’t have to worry about somebody shooting up the school or somebody targeting me because of what I look like,” another student said.
SU President Charles Wight said the Post-Its have given him a renewed sense of confidence in the situation.
“This has been a difficult week for our community, but I have been encouraged by the passion and resilience of our students and their determination to send a strong message that hatred and discrimination have no place on our campus. I was especially heartened by the thoughtful and poignant messages students left throughout Fulton Hall.
I am proud that they have chosen to fight hatred with one of the most powerful resources at their disposal – positivity. I have a renewed sense of confidence that we will come out of this stronger and move forward toward a better SU – together.”MORE NEWS: Maryland Prepares For Increase In Patients After Roe V. Wade Overturned
The initiative has put out nearly 200 messages so far, a SU spokesperson said.