Black students at Florida Gulf Coast University are planning a protest today over the university's failure to respond with a campuswide notification when a threatening slur was found on a classroom whiteboard, The News-Press reported. A statement with a slur suggested that black people should be killed and it was accompanied by a stick figure showing a figure hanging from a tree. Students say the university should have notified them, because many students said they found out about the incident through news reports.
As students were preparing for the protest, President Wilson Bradshaw did send out an all-campus email. "We read about these kinds of things happening on campuses and in other public places across the country, but it is personally distressing to see it here, a place that cares so deeply about and intentionally works so diligently to foster a community that supports each other in our diversity and inclusion," he wrote. Students said that this comment, as they were preparing a protest, did not ease their concerns that they were not notified when the university discovered what was written on the whiteboard.