Police at Kent State University in Ohio are investigating a swastika that was painted on the school’s campus, university officials said in a statement.

The school doesn’t know exactly when the Nazi hate symbol was painted, but said on Wednesday that after the deadly mass shooting in Buffalo, N.Y., “its appearance serves as a reminder of the threat of extremism and the need for all of us to denounce the growing wave of racism, intolerance and violence in our nation.”

“Kent State is committed to creating a community of kindness and respect, and the recent appearance of this symbol of hate is a reminder of the work ahead of us during perilous times,” stated the university.

University spokesperson Eric Mansfield said the swastika was painted on the pavement near the entrance to the campus and has since been removed, Cleveland.com reported, noting that there are no classes currently in session.


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