WSU Police investigate swastika and bomb threat

Police ask students with information on the case to come forward


WSU Police are investigating a swastika and bomb threat etched into a wall early Tuesday morning in Stimson Hall.

WSU Assistant Police Chief Steve Hansen said the department received several reports of graffiti in Stimson Hall. After seeing the graffiti, which included a swastika, the word bomb and a time, the officers decided to evacuate the building.

After searching the common areas and finding no threat, they allowed students back in the building at about 2 a.m.

“WSU is a safe place,” Hansen said. “Make sure you stay aware of your surroundings and if you see something out of place, give us a call.”

Hansen said the department currently has no leads on the case and is still investigating. He asked that any students, especially those in residence halls, to come forward if they have any information about the case.

Phil Weiler, vice president for marketing and communication at WSU, said that the findings of the investigation into the perpetrator of the incident may lead to safety changes at residence halls.

“It’s always dangerous to speculate,” Weiler said, “but it should only be residents that have access. Occasionally, other people get access to the building.”
Weiler also said that the university will likely be looking at residence hall security after they have the findings of the investigation.

“I think that’s something we’re taking a look at after we investigate the incident and find out who scratched the walls,” he said.