Hate crimes investigation at Columbia Univ.

April 1, 2009 3:32:56 PM PDT
A hate crimes investigation has been launched at Columbia University's Teachers College. The move comes after several professors reportedly received letters described as hate mail.Its really despicable...but we don't know more anything that that, student Hannah Benson said.

Some of the Arts administration students were stunned when they received an e-mail about the latest troubling incident at the school. According to the note sent out by the administration:

"The (teachers college) community deplores these hateful acts, which violate every Teacher's College and societal norm."

One of the hate filled letter targeted Elizabeth Midlarsky, a Jewish professor of Psychology and Education, the very same professor who had a swastika painted on her door back in October of 2007

"Kind of discouraging that people would do that," said student Joanna Filipzak.

That feeling was echoed by a number of students and faculty. The letters were received early this week by a numbers of Professors including an African American faculty member who had a noose left on her door back in 2007.

Security at the school remains tight and police search for clues in who is sending out the hate filled mail, but there is hope this kind of behavior will not be tolerated on campus.

"You are the conveyor of these unpleasant messages and hopefully it raises awareness that we should not be complacent," Teachers College faculty member, Professor Ray Marks said.

The NYPD's hate crimes unit is looking into this case and looking at possible student involvement.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Lakisha Bostick


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