U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - A cadet candidate has left the Air Force Academy Preparatory School after writing racial slurs on the message boards of a group of black students also attending the school.
Air Force Academy officials believe the suspect behind the act was actually one of the students who claimed to have a racial remark on his board.
The Air Force Academy sent out the following statement Tuesday:
"The individual admitted responsibility and this was validated by the investigation... Racism has no place at the Academy, in any shape or form. We will continue to create a climate of dignity and respect for all, encourage ideas that do so, and hold those who fail to uphold these standards accountable."
When the investigation first started, the school's Superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria addressed the entire Cadet Wing and said in part, "If you can't treat someone with dignity and respect, then you need to get out."
A day after the student left the Preparatory School, Silveria released the following statement:
"Regardless of the circumstances under which those words were written, they were written, and that deserved to be addressed. You can never over-emphasize the need for a culture of dignity and respect--and those who don't understand those concepts, aren't welcome here."