Public Safety is investigating the burning of a swastika into the ceiling inside Pralle-Sodaro Hall Dec. 17, said Randy Burba, chief of Public Safety.
The “arson associated with hate” is believed to have occurred sometime between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 2:25 p.m. according to an email sent from Public Safety to students and faculty earlier today.
There are no known suspects as of press time.
“I don’t have any further details beyond what was provided in the bulletin I released,” Burba said. “It is an ongoing investigation at this point.”
Pralle-Sodaro residents responded with disappointment and shock that such an occurrence had taken place in their hall.
“I was shocked that this would happen,” said Nick Meadows, a freshman creative writing major. “I’d like to believe that people are nice and wouldn’t do that kind of thing, but it’s hard not to feel bad about people when you see that happening.”
Michael Sandor, a freshman business administration major, who is Jewish, described the incident as being offensive.
“I don’t know, if you’re going to burn something into the wall do a smiley face or something funny. What’s the point of a swastika? I just don’t understand, I don’t understand why someone would do that,” Sandor said. “I’m disappointed in my fellow peers and whoever did this. Chapman is much better than that.”
The Office of Housing and Residence Life (OHRL) could not be reached as of press time.
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“I haven’t seen it but I think it’s a horrible and shouldn’t be tolerated especially because fire can be dangerous,” said Danica Mauer, a freshman business administration major.
Josh Berger, a freshman business administration major, said he was unaware of the incident until the email from Public Safety.
“It’s a shame considering the moderate amount of Jews on campus, myself included,” Berger said.
Dayna Sipila, a freshman integrated education studies major, said she was shocked when she heard the news.
“It’s really sad how immature some people are. This is college and it’s time to grow up and respect others,” Sipila said. “I feel like you only see the hurt and pain of these acts when you’re Jewish. You never hear about Jewish hate crimes despite how prevalent they are.”
Additional reporting by Mark Pampanin, Editor-in-Chief and Jackie Cohen, staff writer