The University of Wisconsin–Madison is slated to hold a town hall meeting after Nazi swastikas and pictures of Adolf Hitler were posted on a Jewish student’s dorm room door.
The Jewish student who found the Hitler pictures and swastikas spoke out on Facebook, saying it was a stunt—specifically an “insensitive joke/prank gone wrong.” The perpetrator was “not cognizant” of how offensive the prank would be, the unnamed student added, WISC-TV reported.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported that this week’s “Town Hall on Anti-Semitism” will delve into the Jan. 26 incident. A a student took responsibility for taping cut-out paper swastikas and the Nazi leader to the door, but UW-Madison Dean of Students Lori Berquam confirmed that a “small number of people” were involved—not just one student.
“You do not expect to wake up and see this,” Greg Steinberger, executive director of the University of Wisconsin Hillel Foundation for Jewish student life, told the paper. He said the college responded in an appropriate manner.
The unidentified student behind the incident said it was meant to be a prank. According to to the Journal, the student and the recipient of the “prank” were involved in an escalating prank war.
The image of the door covered in Nazi imagery appeared on Facebook last week, going viral, prompting the Jewish student to respond. He said that he didn’t want to “demonize two guys that I have gotten to know well and who were not cognizant of how anti-Semitic their actions were.”
Steinberger said they aren’t calling it a hate crime, rather a hateful act and a prank gone wrong. The perpetrator was punished by UW officials, and the victim didn’t press criminal charges.
Following the incident, the university sent out an email to students.
“When a bias incident occurs, our first priority is to respond immediately to the community most directly affected. We communicate more broadly as appropriate based on the nature of the incident. All incidents are tracked but not all of them result in a campus-wide notification,” it read.
(H/T – Daily Caller)