UPDATED: 4 Admit To Painting Racist Graffiti At NC State

Four people have admitted spray-painting racist graffiti targeting President-elect Barack Obama on a tunnel wall at North Carolina State University.

The graffiti appeared early Wednesday in the Free Expression Tunnel, where studnets are encouraged to speak their minds. It was painted over positive messages about Obama.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Thursday that university
police spokesman Jon Barnwell said the U.S. Secret Service assisted
in the investigation because of the threatening nature of the graffiti, which said "Shoot Obama" and used a racial epithet.

Barnwell said Secret Service agents searched the residences of the four and determined there was no threat to Obama. The four will not be charged, but could face university action, including expulsion.

Officials would not identify the four, and would not say if they were students.

ORIGINAL STORY:
Officials at North Carolina State University are working to figure out who wrote disparaging comments about President-elect Barack Obama in a tunnel designated for free speech.

N.C. State police Capt. Jon Barnwell said someone used spray paint to write comments about Obama that bordered on threatening. The Free Expression Tunnel was built in 1939 to allow people to express their first-amendment rights.

Barnwell said someone noticed the writing before classes began Wednesday.

N.C. State officials responded by painting the tunnel white, saying the negative expressions had gone over the edge of what was acceptable. Barnwell said anyone with information on who left the messages is asked to contact campus police.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by David Location: Carborro, NC on Nov 17, 2008 at 05:29 PM
    Apparently not. Did the meaning of free speech change recently? "The graffiti appeared early Wednesday in the Free Expression Tunnel, where studnets (sic) are encouraged to speak their minds."
  • by MIKE Location: Rocky Mount on Nov 13, 2008 at 01:57 AM
    Let's see, 3..three master's degrees...is that like 6 total? You know, it's better to be silent and be thought a fool than to speak(or write) and remove all doubt. Did I smell, I mean spell all those wads, I mean words correctly?
  • by T Location: NC on Nov 12, 2008 at 10:30 AM
    B-Have you ever thought that maybe we live here in the SOUTH because we LIKE living in our own little world? Most of us are religious people even though a few were "snowed" by Obama. So, if you want to "open our eyes" so we can see the world. I see enough of it on tv, I have NO DESIRE to live the way they do. Which is why I choose to continue to live in the SOUTH!!!
  • by B on Nov 12, 2008 at 03:26 AM
    To Alpha female: I agree with all of your post. I'm white, and I saw Obama on 60 minutes maybe three years ago or something. I had never heard of him, but I said "he's going to be Pres. one day." Not because he was "black" but because he really impressed me. You have to understand some of these eastern NC people. They live in their own little world. They should open their eyes a little and see the world.
  • by C on Nov 10, 2008 at 05:07 PM
    Okay,let me see if THIS one gets by the moderators: Hey, Anonymous...your acerbic wit is clearly able to verbally hew down any antagonist, while simultaneously inducing much mirth and glee from your confederates. Okay, that was said for those with 3..three master's degrees. The translation for us regular folk: you crack me up ! I'm glad we're on the same side! All The Best, C
  • by C on Nov 10, 2008 at 12:43 PM
    For the WITN moderators: What was wrong with the last posting I sent ? I'm pretty sure it did'nt violate any of the rules, but you did'nt post it. What happened ?
  • by Anonymous on Nov 9, 2008 at 09:54 PM
    Also To Alpha female:Your academic claims have already been largely dismissed as either fiction or greatly exagerated. WRAL's blog section may be more your speed. Good night and thanks for playing!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 9, 2008 at 08:35 PM
    To C: Thanks for the accolades! Apparently some Community College adopted the no child left behind idea and gave out free degree's to Alpha female.
  • by C Location: NC on Nov 9, 2008 at 08:04 PM
    To Anonymous: You rock!!!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 9, 2008 at 07:45 PM
    Alleged degree's..from the Sally Struthers self help commercial. Let's see... we have Notary Public,PC repair and Ancient Indian Pottery ok..then lets take the Yahoo IQ quiz and asume it's 100% accurate. Gosh I can be an annoying,smug jerk now too free to post pointless drivel to impress people I'll never meet!
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