Peter Fitzgerald from the FBI addresses questions about a series of racist messages and hate crimes that have occurred at SU in the last two weeks during a press conference Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, at the Public Safety Building in Syracuse, N.Y. On the far left is Syracuse University DPS Chief Bobby Maldonado. Next to him is Major Philip Rougeux, Troop D Commander for the New York State Police. At right is Syracuse Police Chief Kenton Buckner. (Lauren Long/The Syracuse Newspapers via AP)

Syracuse U says report of supremacist screed was likely hoax

November 20, 2019 - 7:40 pm

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse University’s chancellor says reports that a white supremacist manifesto was sent to some students’ cellphones “was probably a hoax.”

Kent Syverud told the University Senate Wednesday authorities haven’t found anyone who directly received the screed, which had seemed to further a series of racist episodes on the central New York campus.

Authorities said Tuesday they’d gotten reports that the document was posted in an online forum and that attempts were made to send it to students’ cellphones at a campus library Monday night via AirDrop. It’s a file-sharing service that lets iPhone users send files to iPhones or iPads near them.

Officials said the manifesto appeared to be copied from one written by a man accused of killing 51 people at two mosques in New Zealand in March.

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Information from: The Post-Standard, http://www.syracuse.com

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