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East Bay college students stage walkout after racist graffiti found on campus

PLEASANT HILL (KRON) -- Racist graffiti found on a restroom wall last week at an East Bay college campus prompted students to stage a walkout Wednesday in protest.

School administrators say the incident is under investigation -- but that didn’t stop dozens of students from walking out of class at Diablo Valley College.

Student Vanessa Galang said the graffiti was a drawn picture of a noose.

"This should be an environment that we come to learn and feel safe,” said another student Tirrell Patiloo.

Students are voicing their concerns regarding a racially charged hate message written on a men's restroom wall on the campus of Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill.

The incident happened a week ago.

The students say they were notified days later.

"I want the school to handle it,” said student Jajuan Roquemore.

On Wednesday, several student organizations led a walk out of class and a rally to protest. 

"It makes me feel uncomfortable. It makes me feel unsafe. Makes me feel that I am not safe here on this campus,” Galang said.

These students say adding to their frustration is that this is not the first racist graffiti incident at this school .

"We have talked to faculty. We have sent emails trying to figure out why did this happening and what is DVC going to do?” said student Djoina Lockett.

In response, Diablo Valley College released a statement that reads in part, "DVC strongly condemns the hateful and offensive graffiti message directed toward African Americans written on a men's restroom wall on campus last Wednesday... We have no tolerance for any behavior that seeks to destroy our values of inclusion. Counselors are available to support any student who may have been impacted.”

DVC officials say campus police are also investigating the incident.

"I want them to hold somebody accountable, make an example out of somebody,” Patiloo said.

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