Radford University calling for unity after possible racially-motivated thefts

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RADFORD (WSLS 10) – Unrest at Radford University had students and administration calling for dialogue and unity.

On Friday, students held a protest after several Black Lives Matter signs went missing from the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences.

Radford University’s president Brian Hemphill hosted a campus-wide gathering at the student center, saying that any incidents motivated by hate will not be tolerated.

The university said campus police are investigating these incidents as thefts, but they do not have enough information at this time to say whether it was racially motivated; however, students believe it was racially motivated.

“We have tons of technology and different kinds of things in those offices up there, tons of things that could be stolen,” said student protester Lara Barbir. “Nothing else in our office has been stolen, and that it’s just the signs that are being taken is telling us that it is racially motivated.”

Administration posted signs throughout the building where the signs disappeared about the university’s policy against theft.

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