A swastika created out of human feces appeared in a gender-neutral bathroom at a residence hall at Rhode Island School of Design last week.
Officials at the highly selective art school just down the street from Brown University notified students that the swastika was, in fact, composed of human waste, according to local NBC affiliate WJAR.
“It’s pretty shocking because I think everybody is wondering, you know, who it is,” Rhode Island School of Design student Cooper Thompson told WJAR.
Students on the RISD campus were unsure about the meaning of the poop swastika.
“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,” one student, Afi Goncalves, told the station.
A third student, Rory Hernandez, noted that unauthorized poop art has become a trend at RISD lately.
“There have people using their own fecal matter in a harmful way in the bathrooms, in the showers, all over the bathroom,” Hernandez told WJAR.
“That could be somebody’s safe space,” Hernandez told the station. “So I don’t think that’s right in any bathroom, especially a transgender bathroom.”
The Rhode Island School of Design administration released a statement concerning the poop swastika.
“This level of disrespect and vitriol is completely unacceptable and RISD Public Safety is investigating it as both an act of vandalism and potentially a crime of hate,” RISD spokeswoman Jaime Marland said in an email obtained by the Providence Journal. “We are deeply committed to providing a safe and supportive campus environment for our students and do not tolerate discrimination of any kind.”
The cost for a single year of tuition, fees and room and board at Rhode Island School of Design is $59,960.
America’s last campus poop swastika kerfuffle occurred in October 2015 on the campus of the University of Missouri.
The scene of the crime was a bathroom at Gateway Hall, a Mizzou campus dorm. A university police officer responded to a call at 2:12 a.m. from members of the dorm’s residential services staff.
The Daily Caller was able to obtain an incident report through a Freedom of Information Act request filed with the University of Missouri’s custodian of records. (RELATED: Here Is The Police Report From The Mizzou Poop Swastika Incident)
Partly in response to the Gateway Hall poop swastika, a days-long protest ensued on Mizzou’s Columbia, Mo. campus.
The protests centered on a group called Concerned Students 1950 and Jonathan Butler, a twentysomething graduate student and the son of a millionaire railroad executive, who went on a six-day hunger strike in November 2015.
Activists with the group claimed that then-Mizzou-president Tim Wolfe had not done enough to respond to several recent incidents of alleged racial bias against black students. Student body president Payton Head, who is black, wrote on Facebook in September that a group of white men had yelled racial epithets at him from the back of a pickup truck off campus.
Butler’s goal, which he achieved, was to force then-MU system president Wolfe to resign.
The protest gained strong momentum when he convinced 32 University of Missouri football players to pledge to boycott all team activities until Wolfe quit his job. Ultimately, the team missed a single practice. (RELATED: University Of Missouri Football Players BOYCOTT FOOTBALL Over Black Activist’s Hunger Strike)
Groups of protesters marched across the University of Missouri campus for several days — and camped out in tents on a quad — in response to Butler’s hunger strike.
Emails from the University of Missouri’s computer network obtained by HeatStreet show that the activists who led the protests demanded generators and a fire pit to keep themselves warm and cozy as they camped out in tents on the campus quad during chilly November nights. (Mizzou Activists Demanded Generators And A TOASTY FIRE PIT As They Protested Poop Swastika)
During the protests, Melissa A. Click, a taxpayer-funded assistant professor of mass media at Mizzou, was caught on camera threatening a photojournalism student with mob violence, shaking his camera and attempting to deprive him of his First Amendment rights.
“Hey, who wants to help me get this reporter out of here?” Click shouted to the crowd. “I need some muscle over here.” (RELATED: Meet The Sick Mizzou Media Professor Who Threatened A Reporter With MOB VIOLENCE)
Delusional students eventually became so dizzy with racism that they saw imaginary people wearing Ku Klux Klan hoods.