Following a recent string of anti-Semitic incidents at the Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, the campus president has asked the Federal Bureau of Investigations to step in and investigate the incidents.
Over the past few weeks, campus buildings were spray-painted with anti-Semitic and racist scripts multiple times, and so far no suspect or suspects have been identified.
In the latest incident, workers at the school discovered swastikas and other Nazi symbols on Ryan field on Friday, June 19, at 2:15 AM, which was commencement day.
The graffiti was found written in the dirt on the windows of the stadium’s North Tower, the Daily Northwestern reported.
University Police Deputy Chief Dan McAleer said that they will investigate the incident as a hate crime, and they will be comparing the scripts with the previous graffiti to see if it can lead them to any suspect.
The repeat of incidents has caused the University to reach out to the FBI, a university rep told the Chicago Tribune. “University police have asked the FBI to assist in the investigation and have classified this as a hate crime,” said Alan Cubbage, president of university relations for Northwestern.
“It is obviously a matter of concern and very troubling.”
Speaking of the June 19 incident, Cubbage said that the graffiti was removed shortly after authorities dickered it.
“It was well before Ryan Field was open for commencement, so none of the guests saw any of the graffiti.”
An FBI spokesperson confirmed to the Tribune that they have been asked to assist, but wouldn’t confirm that they have joined the investigation.