- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A student responsible for placing “White Only” and “Colored” signs on doors and water fountains at a Virginia women’s college last week has admitted it was a hoax and that she only meant to “make a point.”

Students at Sweet Briar College were appalled to find the signs hanging around a women’s dormitory. The school’s president issued a gravely worded statement about the incident, The College Fix reported.

“Sometime between 8 and 10:30 this morning, four labels, made with a label-maker, were affixed to doors and the water cooler on the fourth floor of Meta Glass,” wrote President James Jones on Thursday. “As difficult as this is to believe, two of the labels read ‘White Only,’ and two ‘Colored.’ “

“Someone … sought to use the old, abusive words to remind us that while such terms were part of the historical past, some of the emotions lurking behind the words might still linger in a few,” he continued.

The next day, the vandal anonymously emailed the president to explain her motives behind the hoax.

“While posting these extremely hurtful labels, I had one thing in mind,” she wrote. “My mission was to show others that words can still have an extreme impact, and the past still resonates with us all.”

“I was trying to make a point, but the point ended up “making me”…now everyone has ideas on what type of person that I am,” she continued. “I am none of these things….I am myself, I am caring and kind. I am the last person who would ever intentionally hurt someone else, but most of all, I am sorry!”

Mr. Jones wrote in a response that he encouraged the “well-intentioned” woman to come forward with her name.

“What has occurred on our College campus since Thursday morning points directly to the fact that sometimes our actions and words, no matter how well intentioned, backfire unexpectedly and inflict pain, hurt, and suffering upon others around us,” he said.