Spring Hill College students rally after racial slurs were written on a campus building

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – A racial slur discovered outside a residence hall at Spring Hill College has raised concerns.

Hundreds of people rallied peacefully on Thursday, saying nasty words are unacceptable. It was written outside the “New Hall” on Wednesday morning and quickly cleaned up.

“It’s something that definitely can’t be swept under the rug,” said one student.

Students, faculty and staff all wore black for the gathering. Springhill officials said the insult spanned the width of a few cinder blocks and was scribbled in sharpie.

“It happened in broad daylight,” says student Erthaly Thomas. “It wasn’t like it happened in the middle of the night, and they were sneaky and shy.”

College leaders added that it was quickly repainted.

“This is something we take very seriously,” said Kevin Abel, Vice President of Student Affairs.

President Joseph Lee sent this statement:

“Apart from being shocking, shameful and hurtful, this kind of language does not reflect who we are here in Spring Hill and will not be tolerated under any circumstances.”

The students organized the rally in less than 24 hours, and some said they hoped it would lead to change.

“I show my support and solidarity with black students and minority students,” said Kira Babiarz. “It was also such a quick turnaround. It wasn’t planned days, weeks in advance, it was planned the night before.

Abel said they were reviewing surveillance video. They think a student did this, and if so, the college will decide the appropriate consequence.

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