A swastika made out of human waste appeared in a Rhode Island School of Design gender-neutral bathroom last week.
People on campus were unsure what the poop swastika actually means. Student Afi Goncalves said: “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.”
Another student, Rory Hernandez, claims instances of people using their own waste to draw something on the walls is becoming a trend on campus. “There have people using their own fecal matter in a harmful way in the bathrooms, in the showers, all over the bathroom.”
“That could be somebody’s safe space,” he added. “So I don’t think that’s right in any bathroom, especially a transgender bathroom.”
The Rhode Island School of Design released a statement on the trend and, specifically, the 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,” college spokeswoman said, according to the Providence Journal.
The statement added: “We are deeply committed to providing a safe and supportive campus environment for our students and do not tolerate discrimination of any kind.”
The last time campus poop swastika controversy occurred back in 2015 at the University of Missouri. A swastika made out of feces was scrawled just a week after a Jewish fraternity’s dorm was vandalized.
According to the exclusive emails obtained by Heat Street, the university officials downplayed the severity of anti-Semitic attacks, calling it an “overreaction”.
This article first appeared on Heat Street.