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Lehigh University investigating after bulletin board outside Pride Center vandalized

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Lehigh University authorities are investigating after a bulletin board outside the university's Pride Center was vandalized in what a letter emailed to the university community described as a "racist and homophobic act."

The incident happened over the weekend. It follows a series of incidents over the past few months in which the the multi-stall, all-gender restroom across from the Pride Center was also vandalized. 

All of the incidents have been formally reported and are being investigated by University authorities, the letter said.

"That's disgusting. When I saw the email it was kind of shocking. But not really shocking because we hear the stories all across the US happening at different campuses and different places," said student Kevin Smith.

"Certainly it's very sad because he would expect the university to be full of educated people and to have at least a minimum of respect for each other but if this still is happening it clearly shows that there is a problem in the Lehigh community," said student Victoria Pasini.

Students said it's a bad way to end the semester.

There should be an investigation hopefully they are able to catch or figure out how this happened and prevent it from happening in the future," said Andrew Convoy.

The letter said "These acts are in direct violation of the principles and values of Lehigh University and cannot be tolerated."

This behavior can cause members of our community to feel unsafe, unwelcome, and disrespected, and we extend our support to all those who have been impacted by them.

We affirm Lehigh's commitment to welcoming, valuing, and respecting all people -- regardless of sexual orientation, race, religious beliefs and cultural differences – and we are continuing our efforts to create a campus culture that embraces and reflects this commitment.

 


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