Someone wearing a KKK robe caused classes to be canceled at Oberlin College in Ohio Monday, FOX2Now reports March 4. It was the latest in a disturbing string of "hate-related" episodes around the area. The person spotted wearing the KKK robe was near the African Heritage House.
School administrators believed it to be a wise decision to cancel formal and non-essential classes Monday.
A statement on the website read:
“We hope today will allow the entire community—students, faculty, and staff—to make a strong statement about the values that we cherish here at Oberlin: inclusion, respect for others, and a strong and abiding faith in the worth of every individual. Indeed, the strength of Oberlin comes from our belief that diversity and openness enriches us all, and enhances the educational mission at its core."
There were a number of discussions planned Monday, as the statement went on to point out.
“When faced with difficult situations, Oberlin has consistently met the challenges and affirmed its commitment to the highest quality of education and the noblest aspirations of its community members. We believe that today’s events—and our ongoing work and discussions—will strengthen Oberlin and will strengthen us all."
School officials say police and security are investigating the racial incidents that have taken place within the community.