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Viterbo looks to heal after racial incidents

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - The courtyard at Viterbo University was packed with students and faculty to show support for a fellow student who had racist remarks written on her dorm door.

Glena Temple, Viterbo University's President, put out an official statement on Viterbo's official Facebook account acknowledging the incident.

"Our community is saddened and frustrated by recent hate-filled incidents. We have taken active steps to identify those involved and hold them accountable. Racism and bigotry are never tolerated at Viterbo University. Any actions, beliefs, or statements that devalue, disrespect, or harm others have no place in our campus community. Viterbo stands in unity with our students of color in denouncing all forms of discrimination, prejudice, and hatred. Our first concern remains the safety and well-being of our students and employees. We are also prioritizing support for the victim of these hate-filled acts and completing a formal investigation of this crime to identify the individual or individuals responsible."

Anika Philips, a student at Viterbo University, said (THEY) feels afraid to come to school because she is a person of color.

"It is scary to know that someone who looks like me isn't accepted on this campus. That's why I am here today," Philips said. "I showed up today to show support of the person who had this hateful act happen to them. I think it is insane for someone to be so hurtful and hateful toward someone."

Mary Haupert, a Professor at Viterbo University, shared her thoughts.

"When I got that message from Glena Temple yesterday, I wanted to weep," Haupert said. "I am disgusted by what is going on at campus."

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Lindsey Ford

Lindsey Ford is a multimedia journalist.

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