Posted on August 20, 2004

UB Police Seek Source Of Graffiti

Stephen Watson, Buffalo News, Aug. 20

Threatening graffiti has been popping up on the University at Buffalo campuses, although no specific individual seems to be the target.

Someone wrote “Kill White Women” in black magic marker on the North and South campuses and on a school shuttle bus five times between July 29 and Aug. 5, said John M. Grela, UB’s director of public safety.

Campus police emphasized that the school has not seen anyone act on the threats, and it has been two weeks since the last such message was found.

“We believe it was someone who was here (on campus) for a week or so and was being malicious,” Grela said.

The first message was found July 29 on the back of a seat on a shuttle bus that makes its rounds at the university, according to a police report.

Workers didn’t have time to clean the message off the seat, so they put duct tape over the writing, Grela said. The next day, someone wrote the same message over the duct tape, he said.

The third message was found Aug. 2 on a trash can in the Main Circle, off Main Street next to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority parking lot on the South Campus.

The fourth was found the same day on a bulletin board in Jacobs Management Center on the North Campus. Workers found the last piece of writing Aug. 5 on a wall in Diefendorf Hall on the South Campus.

Grela said the investigation continues, and UB police now are contacting local police agencies to determine if this person left similar messages off-campus.

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