KKK robe classes canceled read a headline on March 4. According to FOX St. Louis, classes at Oberlin College were canceled after a series of "hate-related incidents" happened on the school's campus. Things are still being investigated, but a person wearing a white hood and robe was spotted walking near the African Heritage House on Monday morning prompting some alarm.
After this unidentified person was seen, the school decided that it was best to cancel classes. The school has also had some "other challenging issues" that made them reevaluate the safety of students by taking action before things progressed.
The KKK robe caused classes to be canceled on Monday only. The school remained open, however, and students were encouraged to attend focus and discussion groups. The school says that their mission statement places an emphasis on acceptance of diversity, inclusion, and respect.
"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," a statement on the school's website read in part.
Although the KKK robe caused classes to be canceled, the school hopes that this was an isolated incident and that they will not have to cancel classes in the future.
© Effie Orfanides 2013