- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 28, 2016

The students behind a “white power” drawing at a Salisbury University library will not face criminal charges after a police investigation revealed they are black.

The image, found April 10 on a whiteboard in Blackwell Library, showed the N-word with a stick figure being hanged. Underneath was the hashtag “#whitepower,” The Daily Times reported.

The university confirmed Tuesday that the students behind the drawing are black, but it would not provide their names, citing the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

No charges are expected to be filed. The investigation is being turned over to the university and will be reviewed for any possible university policy violations, university spokesman Richard Culver told The Times.

“Regardless of who created the drawing, we find such actions demeaning to all members of the campus community and against our core values,” Dane Foust, vice president of student affairs, said in a statement provided by Mr. Culver.

The drawing sparked a campus-wide firestorm at a time when racial equity on college campuses has become the focus of national debate.

Following the incident, University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach released a letter to students and faculty.

“Diversity is a core value of SU, and reports of such acts are taken seriously. The university will not tolerate this kind of language or behavior,” she wrote, The Times reported.


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