A student who took credit for anti-Islam fliers and racist cards posted at Oberlin College earlier this year called them a joke meant to get an “overreaction,” according to the student’s statements to campus security at the historically liberal Ohio college.
The student also took credit for a large Nazi flag, which he also said he meant as a joke, and said he posted the head of Oberlin’s president onto a picture of Adolf Hitler, according to the statements contained in an Oberlin city police report.
The student, detained after allegedly being seen posting anti-Islam fliers in the college’s Science Center Feb. 27, denied involvement in other, earlier racist postings and said he was trying to show people had overreacted to them.
The student, whose name was blacked out, said the people who put up earlier fliers were just looking for attention.
“I put out these fliers to get a similar over-reaction to prove this point,” the student said.
A series of postings and incidents over the winter caused an uproar at Oberlin, enrollment 2,900, one of the nation’s first universities to admit blacks.
A police report detailed the defacement of Black History Month posters with the N-word, a “whites only” sign written above a water fountain, a swastika drawn on a science center window and a student knocked to the ground by a person making a derogatory comment about ethnicity.