KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT/Gray News) - After The Rock on the University of Tennessee’s campus was painted in honor of a Florida boy who was bullied for being a UT fan, someone painted over the design with an anti-semitic message.
Just hours after the racist message was discovered, others covered it up with painted words of love and unity.
The Rock is a 97.5-ton piece of dolomite. It’s common for students and community members alike to paint it with messages, images and other sentiments.
Alpha Epsilon Pi, a Jewish fraternity on campus, wrote on Facebook about the message, asking the university to take action.
University of Tennessee Chancellor Donde Plowman issued a statement about the anti-semitic message.
She said the school will organize a group of students to come up with a plan that creates “community accountability” at The Rock after this incident.
“In one week, the Rock has brought out the best and the worst,” Plowman wrote in another statement.
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