The Air Force Academy has determined that a cadet candidate once thought to be a victim of racial slurs on campus actually penned them, according to The Colorado Springs Gazette.
The Gazette on Tuesday reported that the vandal was behind threatening messages seemingly aimed at five African-American cadet candidates in late September at the prep school.
“We can confirm that one of the cadet candidates who was allegedly targeted by racist remarks written outside of their dorm room was actually responsible for the act,” academy spokesperson Lt. Col. Allen Herritage said in an email.
“The individual admitted responsibility and this was validated by the investigation,” he continued.
“We acknowledge that there may be additional information already in the public space, but we will refrain from discussing further details surrounding the investigation due to privacy act requirements.”
The cadet candidate behind the writings is no longer enrolled at the school, and their name was not released.
Several sources told The Gazette that the individual committed the act in a strange attempt at escaping trouble he faced at the school for separate misbehavior.
Five African-American cadet candidates at the academy in late September found a racial slur and the phrase “go home” written on erasable note boards outside their room.
The incident inspired a sweeping investigation by the prep school’s police and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.
The event also provoked the academy’s head, Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, to issue a stern rebuke that ultimately went viral online.
“If you’re outraged by these words, then you’re in the right place,” he said at the Colorado academy’s Mitchell Hall.
“This kind of behavior has no place at the prep school, has no place at USAFA and has no place in the United States Air Force,” Silveria continued.
“If you can’t treat someone from another race or different color skin with dignity and respect, then you need to get out. If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect, then get out.”