Skip to comments.Hate Incident Displaces University Housekeeper
Posted on 05/10/2014 6:53:19 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Racial slur written on dorm whiteboard
When a housekeeper who works in Easton Hall arrived for his shift Friday morning, he saw offensive language written on a lounge whiteboard.
(Deleted) had been scrawled repeatedly on the whiteboard stationed in the communal room on one of the floors he cleans in the dorm, said the housekeeper, who asked to remain anonymous.
University Police received a call at about 9 a.m. regarding the hate bias incident and officers responded to the dorm to find the derogatory word written all over the whiteboard, police spokeswoman Sgt. Rosanne Hoaas said.
After the incident, Residential Facilities advised him to work two floors below his assigned floor for two days until the investigation was further processed, the housekeeper said.
Amy Martin, Department of Resident Life associate director, said an email was sent to all floor residents, describing the incident and reminding students that this behavior is unacceptable.
Printouts of the email were also posted on the doors and in the hallway, Martin said, followed by a meeting Sunday night to discuss the situation as a floor.
Some students have been apologetic, the housekeeper said, writing apology notes on his supply closet door.
Many were very upset by the incident, Martin said. Many of them see [him] as a member of the community.
This hate bias incident is different from vandalism, Hoaas said, as no one physically damaged the board and the words were erased easily. A hate crime is a criminal act with hateful motivation, such as assault or graffiti, she said.
Theres no crime associated with it, Hoaas said. It is an incident; it is something we investigate, but theres no criminal charges for a hate bias incident.
If a student is eventually proven to be tied to the incident,, it could result in a referral to the Office of Student Conduct and the Rights and Responsibilities Office, police said, although the investigation is still ongoing.
We really wanted people to know they need to be more respectful, Martin said. [The meeting] was for the students on the floor to process what the incident means with each other, but also to try to figure out if anyone has any information.
While Martin said most students were shocked and disappointed the incident took place and Resident Life is taking steps to prevent something like this from happening again, the housekeeper said students and faculty alike have to remember to respect one another.
Housekeepers here are not important, he said. Were important in our own way, but to Residential Facilities and management, were just here to clean.
Police said if students have any information about the incident, they should call University Police or submit an anonymous tip online.
Even if whoever wrote it didnt mean for it to impact others, it certainly did, Martin said.
Well? What was this horrible, terrible awfully awful word?
It sounds like the students are taking it harder that the so called victim. As the kid say nowadays, haters are gonna hate. Sometimes you have to let a bit of rudeness roll off and just keep going. Presuming, that is, the victim did not write the dasterdly word himself to achieve victimhood status.
What ever happened to “stick and stones...”?
A racial slur so bad it must be replaced with “deleted.” I wonder what it could be.
Still no further news on the hate crime attack on April 1st in Ypsilanti Michigan.
Maybe he supports traditional marriage and they called him a “homophobe”?/sarc
Everyone seems to be missing the real point here. It was a WHTIEBOARD!!!! Obviously, the school administration is racist, or they would have put up a BLACKBOARD.
Cops didn’t take it as a “hate bias crime” when two hispanic yutes jumped out of a car, pulled a gun on me, and told me to “get on the ground nigger!”. “Stay down nigger!” as they took my wallet.
No followup calls. No request for me to provide a sketch artist with a profile.
We call in police and make a campus-wide incident over some ink scribbled on a wall.
We are weak.
$20 says the housekeeper wrote it him/herself.
Years ago, one of our instructors, who was about to give a lecture on Nitsche's philosophy has written on the board:
"God is Dead" Nitsche
Underneath, we wrote:
"Nitsche is Dead" God
We all had a good chuckle. Today, I suppose, we would've been suspended.
I remember reading about one of these whiteboard-message hoaxes a couple months ago. Not very original.
“$20 says the housekeeper wrote it him/herself.”
You’re going to end up quite wealthy if you always take such easy bets.
I think you’re likely right-—another hoax.
these things never turn out to be real. Not since the 1880’s
The students were upset? Gimme a friggin break. How many of these yutes,janitor included, listen to NWA, Jay Z, or any other hip hop? If I were the premier of Canada I would storm the borders and conquer the USA.
I have no idea what this was about. How come they apologized to the “housekeeper” ?
The bathrooms at the school must be biohazard-class filthy, since the housekeeper apparently never sees them and their inevitable graffiti.
Not for long - they will plug that "gaping hole in the law" and future cases will be Class A Hate Crime Felonies (unless of course they are found out to be hoaxes - then they will become "harmless gags").
Canada? Heck these days france could do it
Now, you can’t be hanging a black nothing nowhere. That’s rasis!
If you are the housekeeper, just erase the board, already.
I'm sure glad I'm not a (deleted), (deleted), or a (deleted), I might have my panties in a twist, too!
Oh no, NOT a hate incident!
Quick - do something...
Maryland “Freak State” PING!