Saturday, October 24, 2020

Swastika drawn outside Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity

February 18, 2020
A Michigan State University sign on Beal Street on Aug. 23, 2019.
A Michigan State University sign on Beal Street on Aug. 23, 2019. —
Photo by Annie Barker | The State News

An anti-Semitic swastika was found outside the Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) fraternity house at Michigan State early Saturday morning.

An MSU student said they were one of the first to see the swastika, who requested anonymity for privacy reasons. They said the swastika was located on the side of the house closest to the Marriott Hotel and was accompanied with “Isabela is gay.”

image

The source said they immediately took a picture of the image and then reported it to MSU Hillel, a Jewish organization that reported a destruction of property in November.

“Throughout my education I’ve dealt with students and their hateful words, but when you put a swastika on the ground like that, that’s Nazi propaganda to me and that can’t be taken lightly,” they said.

The East Lansing Police Department confirmed via email that the incident was reported to them and that there is an open police report on the matter.

Both the MSU Hillel and the PIKE fraternity house are located on Charles Street. The State News has reached out to MSU Hillel but has yet to receive a response.

"Early Saturday morning, a former member of Iota Iota Chapter drew an antisemitic symbol on the chapter’s property. As soon as the chapter became aware of the member’s actions, he was suspended," said chapter President Mark Williams said in a statement. "The chapter has a zero-tolerance policy for any form of discrimination or hate speech and is fully cooperating with the East Lansing Police Department in their investigation."

This is a developing story. In our reporting, we'll focus on credible information from officials and other authorities and do our best to correct any inaccuracies. We'll continue to update this story, check back for more updates and keep up with us on Twitter @thesnews.

This story was updated at 8:44 p.m. to include a statement from the fraternity.

Discussion

Share and discuss “Swastika drawn outside Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity” on social media.