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Student Targeted By Racist Note Does Not Want Her Case Investigated

A student who reports finding a racist note on her car does not want the university to investigate the incident.

Samantha Wells, a student at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, says she found a note calling her a “n*****” on the afternoon of Saturday, April 29, but told university officials that she does not want the situation investigated, according to emails obtained by The College Fix.

“I am so glad that you are leaving soon,” said the typed note found by Wells. “One less n***** that this school has to deal with. You have spoken up too much. You will change nothing. Shut up or I will shut you up.”

Wells and another student discussed the incident on a public email list to which St. Olaf students can subscribe.

“[Wells] doesn’t want people tongo [sic] through computers to find the person who wrote the note to her,” said the other student, who claimed to be speaking with Wells, in correspondence obtained by The College Fix. “[Wells] does, however, want everything possible to be done for the others.”

“I would like to echo Krysta and say that I do not want my case to be investigated,” responded Wells in the email chain. “Not because I do not want to let this person go but because I am very stressed and I think that efforts could be utilized elsewhere. That said, I do want them to investigate both previous and possible later cases.”

The email thread was titled “TRACK DOWN RACIST BEHIND THREATS” and referred to similar racially-charged incidents at St. Olaf that prompted the college’s administrators to cancel classes last Monday.

“Our responses and investigations are Victim Centered, and we respect the wishes of the victim,” said Chief Monte Nelson of the Northfield Police Department, which suggested it had closed investigation of Wells’ at her behest, to The Daily Caller News Foundation. “If a victim tells us they don’t want us investigating an incident, we respect those wishes, within proper statutory parameters.”

The DCNF reached out to Wells and St. Olaf, but received no comment in time for publication.

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