GENESEO – The SUNY Geneseo Police Department spoke publicly for the first time today on their investigation of offensive graffiti discovered on campus on Friday.
According to our news partners News10NBC, University Police Chief Thomas Kilcullen said that Friday’s graffiti, a swastika and the word ‘Trump’ spraypainted inside Nassau residence hall, is being investigated ‘very seriously.’
“This is a matter we treat very seriously, and [it] will be pursued very aggressively,” Kilcullen told News10NBC. “We’re treating this as a very serious matter that we are dealing with and with great sensitivity, as it relates to our community and beyond. […] We hope going forward, with the assistance of the State Police, to step up our efforts in our investigation of this matter and moving forward appropriately with the goal of determining the truth and identifying the people who are responsible for this,” said Kilcullen.
New York State Police have joined University Police in the investigation to find the person or persons responsible for the graffiti.
Kilcullen said that there had been no new leads in the investigation, despite officers conducting interviews on Saturday and Sunday in hopes of determining who spray painted the image in the residence hall, which is shared by both male and female students of all from freshmen to seniors.
SUNY Geneseo students expressed concerns over the graffiti.
“I’m scared that someone might act on their thoughts and actions,” said Waderlie Mendez, a freshman, to News10NBC.
“I think that it should be taken seriously, regardless of the intent of whoever drew it, it was clearly very harmful to a lot of people,” said Maria Prose, a senior, to News10NBC.
Kilcullen asks anyone with more information about the graffiti to call SUNY Geneseo Police at (585)245-5222.