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UPDATE | YSU students meeting now to repaint iconic rock

Published: Mon, November 23, 2015 @ 2:42 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State University students are working now to repaint the rock outside of Kilcawley Center with the American flag.

YSU senior Jordan Wolfe organized the Facebook page to repaint the rock with an American flag after discovering the rock had been defaced overnight with pro-ISIS messages.

Wolfe, a Boardman native and political science major, said the effort is to show what YSU is really about rather than the messages from this morning.

He also said he spoke to an international student who said the Arabic written this morning was misspelled.

“We are coming,” “France Deserves Destruction” and “YSU supports ISIS” were painted on the rock between Sunday night and this morning.

University crews painted over the messages this morning with white paint shortly after discovering it.

About 30 YSU students gathered around the rock this afternoon to repaint it with pro-American messages. "God Bless America," "Land of the Free" and the American flag were spray painted by the students.

Shannon Tirone, associate vice president for university relations, said campus police have reached out to other law enforcement agencies including the FBI regarding the vandalism.

“Unfortunately, this is the world we live in today,” she said.

The university issued a campus alert this morning, informing students and the campus about the incident. It urges anyone with knowledge about the incident to contact campus police at 330-941-3527.

The university said the threat isn’t believed to be credible.

Special Agent Todd Werth. who leads the Youngstown FBI office, said the agency takes such matters seriously but that “at this point, there is no specific, credible threat to Youngstown State or the Youngstown area.”

YSU students checking out the rock at about noon expressed both anger and fear about the vandalism.

The messages had already been painted over by the university by the time freshmen Jacob Croach and Bruno Abersold got out of their classes. Both men, though, said they were heading home as a precaution.

Tirone said the university is reviewing campus security campus footage.

“I can tell you we won’t be lenient,” she said.


1billdog1(5630 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

What kind of POS does something like this. Probably the same jackoff with the bomb threat last week.

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2DwightK(1531 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

This is someone trying to get out of class.

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3joebag09(347 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

COWARDS! You are coming.....well, I've got a little something for you!

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4walter_sobchak(2634 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

When did painting the Big Rock at YSU become "vandalism"? Many times this rock has been painted with statements that many feel are disgusting but that is what happens in a free society that values free speech. This was done merely to attract attention and to piss white Americans off. Here's an idea; paint the rock over and station sharpshooters on top of Kilcawley. Then, when the heathen brown-skinned ragheads come back, we simply shoot 'em. Free speech is difficult to tolerate when we don't agree with it.

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5captainlinger(661 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

First it's Eagles of Death Metal, now this boulder. What's ISIS got against rock?

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6redeye1(5540 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

What were the campus police doing ? Surely they weren't patrolling the campus . Maybe they were at the donut shop while this took place. This is something that took time to do, it wasn't a five minute job. It's time they start a walking patrol around the area instead of just riding around

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7okiedoke13(1 comment)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

ISIS has a football team? Who knew. Must be interconference. Looking forward to checking out their cheerleaders. And the ISIS marching band.

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8walter_sobchak(2634 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

Covering over the pro-ISIS rhetoric with WHITE paint. How very appropriate!!!

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9Chessiedad(373 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

Ummm...I thought Hussein said that "ISIS" was "contained?" Apparently he meant that the campus at YSU "contained" ISIS terrorists! And of course he wants to take in Syrian reinforcements...oops, I mean refugees! C'mon man....these muslim terrorists are obviously here, among us, and the guy who claims to be the C.I.C. wants to bring in more? I heard a good analogy about the refugees....if you went to buy a bunch of grapes, and there was a great possibility that one of two of the grapes were poisonous, but there was no way to know which ones were, would you stll buy that bunch of grapes? Only if you were suicidal, I would think!

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10topper11(683 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

So much for free speech. Free only if you like what is said .

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11DACOUNTRYBOY(1044 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

Welcome to the diversity in the new era on campus. Free speech to the extreme is now upon us. If they are caught what will the punishment be for painting the rock with pro ISIS content?l

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12redeye1(5540 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

Well by reading some of these posts , you sure can see the liberturds who don't think its wrong to write something threatening. I hope not one of their loved ones get hurt by the jagoffs . Because they will be the first to whine about it. These people are a threat whether you want to believe it or not!

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13georgejeanie(1427 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

Thanks YSU students for showing some of you still care about the USA. Showing some sensibility regarding our great nation restores some of my faith in your generation. Certainly everyone in the U.S. Has a right to protest, but common sense is important also. I think the U.S. Constitution and common sense are pretty close together, but obviously there are a lot of people who disagree and there lies then problem.

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14momofmany(4 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

This is threatening speech, not freedom of speech or protected speech!

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15Woods(23 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

Walter_Sobchack all I can say to you is that you have your head so far up your behind that you will never get it out. The desecration to the Rock is more than just vandalism, it goes against the principles of this country. If you don't like it here then get the hell out, maybe Syria would be a good place for you!

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16JoeFromHubbard(1742 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

As a kid I was taught the little jingle:

"Sticks and stones can break my bones
But words will never hurt me."

But I guess that was from another era, when men were men.

Get over this silliness.

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17BobK(61 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago


those 2 lines are so true and need to be brought back in general
We lived by them not that long ago.

so much of the violence propagated today starts with a word or two spoken that someone else takes offense to!

then the old "disrespected " thing comes into play.

childish if one thinks about it!

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18walter_sobchak(2634 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

INDEED! Get over this silliness. I like that; it is straight out of Monty Python.

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19Silence_Dogood(1665 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

I went onto the Arab student orginization of YSU website hoping too see a statement of condemnation for this incident and found none. I did on the other hand see a picture of five young people all wearing t-shirts that said "one Arab world", I can only guess as too the meaning of that statement.

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20dannyc(27 comments)posted 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Come on. This rock was repainted several times a week when I went there. I used to go up to Kilcawley just to see what it said. No need to meet and talk, have some individual initiative and ...JUST DO IT!

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