Swastika scrawled on RISD bathroom in human waste
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WJAR) —
Vandalism in a dormitory bathroom has RISD students' stomachs turning for several reasons.
“It's pretty shocking because I think everybody is wondering, you know, who it is,” student Cooper Thompson told NBC 10 News.
The Rhode Island School of Design confirmed to NBC 10 News Thursday that anti-Semitic graffiti was found in a dormitory bathroom during the weekend.
Students told NBC 10 the school informed them it was a swastika made with human waste.
“It's kind of disgusting, actually, and really sad that somebody would go to that length to kind of express their frustration or some kind of angst or mental disease,” RISD student Rory Hernandez said.
“What they did is anti-Semitic. I have a feeling most likely they're really just trying to shock people,” said Thompson.
“You don't know if it's somebody who actually has a mental illness or you don't know if it's somebody who's just trying to play a prank or they actually are anti-Semitic,” student Afi Goncalves told NBC 10.
A RISD spokesperson shared a statement with NBC 10.
"This level of disrespect and vitriol is completely unacceptable and RISD Public Safety is investigating it as both an act of vandalism and a crime of hate,” the statement noted.
And the bathroom is a gender-neutral one.
“That could be somebody's safe space. So I don't think that's right in any bathroom, especially a transgender bathroom,” Hernandez said.
Students also told NBC 10 this is the latest in a string of incidents with feces.
“There have people using their own fecal matter in a harmful way in the bathrooms, in the showers, all over the bathroom,” Hernandez said.
“It's been happening repeatedly and it should just be over by now. It should just be stopping,” said Goncalves.
RISD said it had a meeting with the students on the dorm floor where the weekend vandalism happened and urged anyone to come forward with information about who is responsible.