- The Washington Times - Friday, November 6, 2015

Police are investigating after a threat to “kill all Muslims” was found scrawled on the wall of a bathroom stall at Virginia Tech University.

The graffiti, found Monday in a bathroom at Price Hall, stated “I will be here 11/11/2015 to kill all muslims (sic),” the Virginia Tech Police Department said Thursday.

“The Virginia Tech Police Department continues to investigate this matter. We are making the community aware of this graffiti and seeking the community’s assistance,” the department said.

Obaid Rehman, president of the Muslim Student Association at Virginia Tech, said students didn’t know about the graffiti until Thursday afternoon when an email alert was sent to students, staff and faculty.

“It’s unsettling that this kind of thing can take place here. It’s very disappointing that this rhetoric of hate is present,” he told The Washington Post. “Unfortunately, this rhetoric has become acceptable in many ways that people talk about Islam. Islamaphobia is becoming normalized in many ways in our society. But there are many more good people than bad, as we can see from the university reaction to this event.”

University spokesman Mark Owczarski said, “It’s an ongoing investigation, and we hope sending out that notice to our community, which everyone at Virginia Tech got this afternoon, will help in the investigation … make people aware of what’s going on, take whatever steps they feel are necessary to support others and help themselves.”

The Muslim Students Association launched an awareness campaign on campus Thursday, which included the distribution of cookies in the library in order to “extinguish ignorance with love,” USA Today reported.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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