Hateful, racist messages left in Reed College library

Administrators will "do everything we can to keep our students safe"

Reed College (Reed College website, File)
Reed College (Reed College website, File)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Reed College administrators said they were taken aback after hateful, threatening messages were discovered on the school’s library walls.

Vandals wrote the N-word, drew swastikas and scrawled notes with abusive language, essentially sending the message that minorities are not welcome at the school.

Hateful graffiti was left in Reed College's library in the week after Trump's presidential win. (Facebook)
Hateful graffiti was left in Reed College’s library in the week after Trump’s presidential win. (Facebook)

“The idea that anyone in this community could feel intimidated or threatened in any way, I was heartsick and it was very clear we needed to respond immediately,” Reed College VP for Student Services Mike Brody told KOIN 6 News.

Administrators are trying to calm fears that student safety may be at risk in the wake of vandalism at the school and around the country following Donald Trump’s election.

A day after the election, a student at Shasta High School handed out deportation notices to students of different ethnicities. Video of the incident was posted online.

Brody said the behavior won’t be tolerated at Reed College.

“We are paying a lot of attention to who might have [done] this and working together to do everything we can to keep our students safe,” Brody said.

KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story.