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SIU students react to receiving racially charged flyers

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- Justin Moore is an African American freshman at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and he said he was just getting back to his dorm room when he saw a piece of paper laying on the floor.

"And then I turned around and I looked back down and I saw this little white paper and I thought I dropped a receipt. But I picked it up, and it was saying a 'random chimp event,'" said Moore.

Moore was upset after seeing the flyer and then he realized a friend of his had also received the flyer.

"And we were pretty upset because we were the only two African American males that was living on that floor," said Moore.

Moore posted the flyer on Facebook which is how the administration found out about the incident.

Todd Bryson, SIU's Interim Associate Chancellor for Diversity, said that while the intentions behind the flyers are unclear, this is not something that the administration wants to see on SIU's campus or anywhere else.

"We don't know if it was meant as a joke or if it was meant to hurt or to harm, but it's something that you would hope would not happen on any campus or anywhere," said Bryson

When Moore received the flyer, he was angry at first but he was also hurt.

"I understand that some people have their opinion about stuff, but other people have feelings. And not many people can accept that pretty well. I was mad, but at the same time, I was pretty sad to understand that. I have a love for people, of all color, and for something like this to happen towards me, it was, it pretty hurt me. It hurt me pretty bad," Moore said.

The SIU administration is currently investigating who left these flyers around Schneider Hall but the Student code of conduct will determine what actions will be taken if those who put the flyers out are found.

Some of the students don't want the people responsible for the flyers to be punished but made aware about the impact these flyers have.

"I just feel like they should know not to do this. I don't think there should be any harsh penalty for it. But at the same time, have a talk with them and figure out why they did it," said Daron Davis, an African American SIU freshman who found the flyers in the elevator.

As of right now, the SIU administration does not know who is responsible for the flyers.

But Bryson encourages students who experience similar situations to report incidents to him--so they can be taken care of properly.

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Madeline Parker

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