Area university speaks out about racial slur found in dorm

Published: Mar. 20, 2016 at 7:05 PM EDT
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There are concerns at an area university after racial messages appeared in a dorm hallway.

A parent sent WHSV photos showing a Confederate battle flag taped up on a student's room's door at Shenandoah University in Winchester. The tipster's most shocking photo showed a dorm room door with a marker-board attached, on which someone wrote, "kill all" (followed by the



"I feel threatened," said Christian Patterson, a freshman at the university. "It's not welcoming at all."

Patterson's room is right across the hallway from where the slur was posted. He said, as a freshman, he never expected this when he decided to come to Shenandoah University.

The images have parents and students at the university concerned.

The university has taken steps to fix the situation, and the school president sent out a message to students over the issues. The statement said in part:

"This is not okay. Shenandoah University values diversity and inclusiveness. Any behavior that is inconsistent with those values will not be tolerated."

It's not clear if the university knows exactly who is behind this, or if any punishment has been handed down. Administrators said a report has been filed and there is an investigation underway.