Anti-Semitic Act Shakes University of Missouri Columbia Campus
The University of Missouri campus was struck again by an act of anti-Semitic injustice. A poster was found on a bulletin board in the first-floor lobby of the Gateway Residence Hall that read, “Hitler rules.” This is the second anti-Semitic incident to occur in Gateway Hall this school year. The first incident took place in the fall semester when a swastika was drawn on a wall with human feces.
Major Brian Weimer and the University of Missouri Police Department and the Office for Civil Rights and Title IX are conducting an investigation regarding the incident. Officers are encouraging people to provide any information possible concerning the matter.
“Well as you can tell the University has notified the community of it. So hopefully someone will come forward and perhaps say something that will help us with this case,” Weimer said.
As the investigation continues, students are concerned with the repetitive nature of the incident. Freshman resident Holden Staulbaumer was living in Gateway Hall during both incidents, and feels that this time should be more of a concern.
“This is the second time this has happened concerning Hitler or Jewish vandalism in our hall. The first time raised some concern but now that there’s two it’s definitely something that needs to be taken concern of,” said Staulbaumer. “The first incident they had a hall-wide meeting with every floor and every person. This second incident it was just an email and they asked if anyone had any information to contact them back or the MUPD.”
Staulbaumer expressed his concern with the current state of the dorm, but believes that all the parties involved with the case will eventually find the culprit. He said that the few people who saw the sign immediately reported it to the hall director. Staulbaumer also said that he does not believe the two incidents should represent the friends and people he has met during his time living in Gateway Wall.