U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - The U.S. Air Force Academy is investigating an incident where racial slurs were written on a group of black cadet candidates' message boards.
KRDO NewsChannel 13 caught wind of the incident on Wednesday night when a parent of one of the preparatory students posted a tip Facebook.
She wrote, “I’m angry that people are teaching their children such hate. These young people are supposed to bond and protect each other and the country…Keep your head up, son.”
He was just one of five students that had racial slurs outside their dorm rooms.
Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, Superintendent of the Academy released a written statement on Thursday morning saying, "There is absolutely no place in our Air Force for racism-it's not who we are, nor will we tolerate it in any shape or fashion.
The Air Force Academy strives to create a climate of dignity and respect for all...period...those who don't understand that are behind the power curve and better catch up.
I've said it before, the area of dignity and respect is my redline...Let me be clear; it won't be crossed without significant repercussions.
Diversity is a strength of our Academy and our Air Force. We are stronger when we take into account the views of those with different backgrounds and life experiences."
Silveria also addressed the Cadet Wing at around noon on Thursday. He said in part, "If you can't treat someone with dignity and respect, then you need to get out."
Senator Michael Bennett also responded and said, "Racism has no place in our Armed Forces and in our country. This hateful act stands contrary to everything that makes us strong as a nation. We are glad Academy leadership has made clear this will not be tolerated, and we’re grateful for the example set by their response.”
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet even addressed the incident stating, “Racism has no place in our Armed Forces and in our country. This hateful act stands contrary to everything that makes us strong as a nation. We are glad Academy leadership has made clear this will not be tolerated, and we’re grateful for the example set by their response.”