This post was written by Hatchet Staff Writer Gabriella Schwarz.
A number of crosses used by the Young America’s Foundation during an anti-abortion event last week were defaced and left in a Marvin Center office, and a member of the College Democrats has taken responsibility.
Members of the College Republicans found the crosses on Monday evening scattered around the office they share with the College Democrats. One was pinned upside down on a bulletin board and draped with a condom, another featured a drawing of Jesus along with the words “pwned” and “lol,” and others were emblazoned with words like “Darwin” and “Amelia West,” the vice president of the CDs.
A CD statement Thursday morning said a member of their organization had stepped forward and apologized for the vandalism. The perpetrator was not named.
“We respect and welcome individuals from all religious backgrounds, and we extend our sincerest apology to those who were offended by the actions of one of our members,” the release said. CD leaders declined to comment further.
YAF President Rob Lockwood said the incident has been reported to the University Police Department, and the crosses are now in the department’s custody.
The College Republicans also addressed the incident in a news release.
“The College Republicans are outraged by the desecration of Christian symbols that occurred in our shared office with the College Democrats,” the release stated.
College Republicans Chairman Brand Kroeger said he appreciated the College Democrats’ response.
“The leadership of the College Democrats has been very apologetic during our conversations and we look forward to resolving this situation,” he said.
Updated at 5 p.m.: University Spokesperson Tracy Schario said the student responsible has been identified by the University and will face disciplinary action under the Code of Student Conduct. UPD is investigating the incident further.
In a statement, University President Steven Knapp condemned the student’s actions.
“Such actions are unacceptable and utterly incompatible with the spirit of mutual respect that is essential to the life of an academic community,” he said.