Syracuse University has increased security amid an investigation into a document “purported to be a white supremacist manifesto” that was sent to cell phones of people at the university’s Bird Library, an alert from the school’s Department of Public Safety said.
Syracuse University Increases Security After Racist Graffiti and a Manifesto are Spread on Campus
The actions come a day after university officials announced they were investigating another incident of racist graffiti found in a building on campus.
The university said the manifesto was allegedly sent to “several” phones via AirDrop, an app that lets users share files between Apple devices via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
Syracuse Police Chief Kenton Buckner told reporters Tuesday that a criminal investigation into the manifesto was underway with the assistance of the State Police and the FBI. Preliminary information indicates no “direct threat” to the university or its surrounding area, he said.
Buckner said the manifesto appears to be a copy of the one written by the gunman who killed 50 people at two mosques at Christchurch, New Zealand, in March. The New Zealand document was filled with anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim screeds.
Police were notified about the manifesto’s distribution about 11:45 p.m. Monday, according to Buckner. Local and state law enforcement have increased their presence on campus.
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