An anti-Muslim threat and an “offensive symbol” were spray-painted inside a Beloit College dormitory Monday, three days after an anti-Semitic note was slipped under a student’s door in another dorm, reports madison.com
The college condemned the incidents, calling them “hate crimes,” and staged a private gathering of students and staff Monday to “take a first step towards harnessing some of the collective strength,” spokeswoman Whitney Helm said in a statement posted on Facebook.
The anti-Muslim message was spray-painted on a Muslim student’s door with the symbol painted on a nearby wall; the anti-Semitic note was found in a Jewish student’s room, Helm said.
The incidents occurred during a weekend when an order by President Donald Trump abruptly barred entry to the U.S. by citizens of seven majority Muslim nations resulting in airports jammed with immigrants forced to turn back and anti-Trump protesters.
UPDATE:Beloit Police say they have solved a report of a ‘hate crime’ on campus, which they now say was fraudulent.
Twenty-year-old Michael Kee was arrested and charged with Obstructing, Disorderly Conduct, and Criminal Damage, for allegedly spray painting an anti-Muslim threat and symbol on his door and a wall near his dorm. Police say he then reported it as a threat against his religion and ethnicity.
Police say his motive was a reaction to anti-Semitic message reportedly slid under the door of a Jewish student on campus, saying Kee had “observed how the Beloit College community had come together after the first reported incident and wanted similar attention.”