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Student arrested for racist graffiti in college dorm

Police say it included "KKK" and a swastika.

Posted: Dec 13, 2017 3:23 PM
Updated: Dec 13, 2017 3:24 PM

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say an arrest has been made after racist graffiti was found scrawled on several residence hall doors Buena Vista University in northwestern Iowa.


The Des Moines Register reports that a racial slur was written last week on the door of African American students, "illegal" was written on the door of a Latino student and "KKK" and a swastika were left on the door of white students.

Storm Lake police say Ryan Bills, a 19-year-old student from Las Vegas, has been arrested and charged with two counts of criminal mischief as a hate crime, a serious misdemeanor.

Bills' attorney did not immediately return a message Wednesday seeking comment.

A school spokeswoman says Buena Vista President Joshua Merchant and other administrators met with the targeted students on Monday.

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