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Miami U students charged after racist, homophobic graffiti found

Miami University announced Monday that they are investigating an incident involving racist and homophobic graffiti on campus facility (Photo: FOX19 NOW File) Miami University announced Monday that they are investigating an incident involving racist and homophobic graffiti on campus facility (Photo: FOX19 NOW File)
William Armour (PHOTO: Butler County Jail) William Armour (PHOTO: Butler County Jail)
The vandalized bulletin board at Miami University (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Lindsey Wopschall) The vandalized bulletin board at Miami University (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Lindsey Wopschall)
(PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Lindsey Wopschall) (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Lindsey Wopschall)
OXFORD, OH (FOX19) -

Two Miami University students have been charged with allegedly vandalizing campus property with hateful language, including homophobic and racist slurs.

William Armour and Samir Lal each face a charge of criminal mischief, a third degree misdemeanor.

A Resident Advisor at Wells Hall dormitory reported to university police on Saturday that a bulletin board had been defaced with profane graffiti. University President David Hodge confirmed the crime in a letter to Miami U community members.

"I am deeply disappointed that any of our students would choose deliberately to behave in such a reprehensible way, and with so obvious an intent to offend or hurt,” said Hodge in the letter.

In addition to legal repercussions, officials say Armour and Lal, both 19, will face a university discipline board.

The freshman students accepted responsibility for the graffiti and told officers “we're not racist” and “we regret it,” according to a police report.

Hodge says that in an unrelated incident, similar offensive graffiti was found at two campus fraternities. That incident is reportedly under investigation.

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