Air Force Academy concludes racism investigation

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The Academy's preparatory school was where the racism comments were found. - COURTESY AIR FORCE ACADEMY
  • Courtesy Air Force Academy
  • The Academy's preparatory school was where the racism comments were found.
Racist remarks found on several Air Force Academy Preparatory School cadet candidate' doors in September were put there by a candidate, who targeted himself as well, the Academy said in a news release.

That candidate, who wasn't identified by the Academy, is not longer at the prep school.

Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria drew national media attention for his remarks to the cadet wing and prep school regarding the school's intolerance of racism.

Here's the news release:
Air Force Academy officials have completed the investigation into the writing of racist remarks on the doors of five African American Air Force Academy Preparatory School cadet candidates and the individual found responsible is no longer at the Preparatory School.

We can confirm that one of the cadet candidates who was allegedly targeted by racist remarks written outside of their dorm room was actually responsible for the act. The individual admitted responsibility and this was validated by the investigation.

We acknowledge that there may be additional information already in the public space, but we will refrain from discussing further details surrounding the investigation due to Privacy Act requirements.

Racism has no place at the Academy, in any shape or form. We will continue to create a climate of dignity and respect for all, encourage ideas that do so, and hold those who fail to uphold these standards accountable.

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