Air Force Academy Reveals Source of Racial Slurs in Dorm

Student wrote the slurs outside his own room, others
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 8, 2017 2:20 AM CST
Air Force Academy: Student Wrote Slur Outside Own Room
In this Sept. 29, 2017, photo, Superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria speaks about race relations to US Air Force cadets in Colorado Springs, Colo.   (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP, File)

Racial slurs posted outside the dorm rooms of five black students at the Air Force Academy were written by one of those students, the school said Tuesday. The announcement was a jarring turn in an episode that prompted the academy's superintendent to warn students that racists were not welcome at the school—a speech that attracted nationwide attention. The student is no longer at the school, the academy said. A spokesman declined to say whether the student withdrew or was expelled, citing privacy laws, the AP reports. The student's name wasn't released. The slurs were found in September at a dormitory that houses students attending the academy's prep school.

In a written statement Tuesday, the academy said, "We can confirm that one of the cadet candidates who was allegedly targeted by racist remarks written outside of their dorm room was actually responsible for the act. The individual admitted responsibility and this was validated by the investigation." The statement added, "Racism has no place at the academy, in any shape or form." Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria gave his stern speech to cadets shortly after the slurs were reported. "If you can't treat someone with dignity and respect, get out," he said. At one point, he insisted that everyone in the audience take out their phones and record him so his message was clearly heard.

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