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Racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic graffiti found at Reed College

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Racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic graffiti were peppered around a local college campus, and now police are searching for whoever is responsible for the hateful vandalism. 

A disturbing scene was left behind on the Reed College campus this weekend. 

"The idea that any member of this community would feel unsafe or threatened in any way – I was heartsick," said Mike Brody, VP of student services at Reed College. 

A swastika with racist, homophobic, and other hateful messages covered the walls in a few areas on campus, including library bathrooms. Officials at the liberal arts college say they will not stand for discrimination of any kind.
    
"The one thing that is completely clear is what happened is antithetical to the mission of the college and we take it very seriously," said Brody. 

The graffiti was found some time after 8 p.m. Saturday and was painted over by 11 p.m.
    
"We heard from students last night about the graffiti and we responded immediately," said Brody.

College officials say community safety officers will increase patrols on campus for student safety in the midst of this heated political and social climate.

"What we had to do is turn this into something positive in our community," said Mary James, dean of institutional diversity. "We take care of each other and have the greatest respect for members of our community from every identity group."

According to a Facebook events page, some students will host a solidarity rally at Reed College Monday morning.

There is no word if there is any surveillance footage of the crime, but an investigation is underway.

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