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Indiana college students interrupt Jenna Fischer event to protest recent racial incidents on campus

Posted: 9:07 PM, Apr 17, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-18 13:17:57Z

GREENCASTLE, Ind. — Several dozen students interrupted an event featuring actress Jenna Fischer at DePauw University Tuesday to protests recent racial incidents on and near campus.

Many of them held signs with things claiming they are "afraid for their lives" after recent events. 

Fischer, star of the sicoms "The Office" and "Splitting Up Together" was at the university to discuss her new book, "The Actor's Life: A Survivor's Guide."

University Spokesman Ken Owen, who was moderating the lecture with Fischer, said about 15 minutes into the program a group of students got up and began interrupting the event whistling, shouting and saying they were afraid for their safety on campus because of the recent racial incidents. 

Last week, a hateful message was found written in a bathroom at the university . The message, which read " All ******* must die -KKK," was written on a bathroom wall of the Inn at DePauw, a public building on campus. Another anti-Semitic and homophobic messages were also found. 

The video above was captured during the Tuesday evening protests by Shannon Samson. 

Another event being investigated by the university involves a hateful slur written in rocks at the DePauw nature park, which is owned by the university. 

Owen said there was a meeting with the school president Tuesday over the events and that have happened up until that point and they expect more meetings in the future. 

DePauw University issued the following statement on social media after the event. 

Today, students in our community, exercising their right to be heard, expressed their fear and frustration during a community leaders' meeting this afternoon and a celebrity guest lecture this evening.

Investigations as to who wrote racist messages in campus restrooms and in the DePauw Nature Park continue through our Office of Public Safety and the Greencastle Police Department. We ask anyone with information to contact us at incident@DePauw.edu.

Students who need support or a space to gather together can go to the Hartman House or Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Campus administrators are meeting at this time and will continue to update the community. Safety and security remain our highest priority and we will continue working through this situation.