MILWAUKEE – The Police Department from Marquette University is investigating racially charged images that were sent to a student. Campus police interviewed at least one person in relation to the images, FOX6 News learned on Wednesday, April 25
Many students said they were aware of the problem. The students said it does not represent Marquette's mission.
"That's not acceptable," said Cole, a graduate student at Marquette University.
The image shows four young white people posing in a mirror. One is aiming what appears to be a soft-air weapon to a black doll.
"It's a pretty terrible thing there, I do not know why someone would put a gun on a small black doll," said Jacob Rose, a student at Marquette University.
"That really surprises me," said Carolyn Lewis, a student at Marquette University.
Young girls Rachel Mazzara and Jona Lee said the image is discouraging to watch.
"In general, I feel sad and disappointed," said Mazzara.
University leaders said they learned of a series of images after a student showed up. They said the images have disturbing racial connotations.
"There is no place for that and it is sad that it still happens," said a Marquette student.
"I am a minority here, so it was a bit sad to see those who do not respect other people's cultures," Lee said.
Freshman Jacob Rose said the image has raised concerns.
"Knowing that my colleagues say it … is that how they feel about me too?" said Rose.
In a letter to the Marquette community, the leaders stated that "incidents like this are completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated on campus. who we intend to reach "
The students said they are pleased that the university is dedicating resources to find the original sender. They said it does not reflect the values of the university.
"The fact that they put this as a priority from the start is really impressive," Lee said.
The Marquette police interviewed at least one person in relation to the images. They could identify the person because many people presented information.