Saturday, October 12, 2002

Racist notes left in dorm worry Heidelberg campus

By The Associated Press

TIFFIN - Racist notes left at dormitory rooms of two black students at Heidelberg College have some students at the small campus worrying about their safety.

College administrators were working with police to find who left the messages.

Two notes were left at one room and racial slurs were scrawled on a message board at another student's room in Brown residence hall.

“It's upsetting,” Heidelberg's interim President Jim Getz said. “Our campus prides itself on trying to recruit and encourage students from various ethnic and racial backgrounds.”

Frances Lee, whose son was a target of one of the notes, said her son didn't tell her about the first note because he didn't want her to worry.

“I am very upset, very upset,” she said. “I have so much respect for this school, my son has been very happy here.”

Police have agreed to send additional patrols to the campus and be more visible.

“Everybody around here, we fear for our lives,” junior Walter Frazier said. “It was a death threat, and the police are not looking at it that way.”

Minority students are about 5 percent of the 1,400 students at the campus about 40 miles southeast of Toledo.

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