The Maneater

Some still claim the the Gateway Hall vandalism is a hoax

A police report from October describes the swastika.

The swastika vandalism made of feces was found in Gateway Hall on Oct. 24 has been scrutinized following the resignation of now-former UM System President Tim Wolfe, as members of the press and the public deny that the crime ever existed.

Despite Residential Life staff members having been witnesses, a police report detailing the crime and an ongoing investigation, the existence of the feces swastika is subject to mockery.

A Twitter account under the handle @poopswastika was created, acting as an open forum to ridicule what the anonymous twitter user describes as “a symbol of Crybabies who will protest 4 made up causes!”

The Twitter account, which has amassed almost 1,000 followers, threatened to “expose these fools 4 who they really are!”

Twitter users regularly contribute to the account by posting memes under #poopswastika.

@poopswastika retweeted a poll with 4,713 votes comparing “who had the better campus hoax?” which featured the “Mizzou Poop Swastika” leading at 73 percent against the University of Virginia “Fake Rape” at 27 percent.

News outlets such as the online political blog The Gateway Pundit claimed that the vandalism at Gateway Hall has no evidence backing its existence, stating that the swastika is “just a rumor.”

The self-described “just right of center” political news outlet claimed that another conservative commentary website The Federalist contacted MU and said no one witnessed the swastika.

MU spokesman Christian Basi provided The Maneater with the police report detailing the feces swastika that was discovered in Gateway Hall.

“It’s sunshined and it’s redacted; there were some sections in there that I guess is pertinent to the investigation or pertinent to student privacy laws,” Basi said.

Basi confirmed that a police officer witnessed the swastika first hand, as detailed in the police report.

The police report, which was filed on Oct. 24, 2015, lists two complainants who are part of Resident Life staff who contacted MU Police at 2:12 a.m. to report the vandalism.

“The (redacted) directed me to the third floor restroom which is room number 3170, to show me the vandalism,” the police report stated. “Room 3170 is a coed restroom it has five individual private rooms. In room 3175 I noticed there was a swastika drawn on the wall by someone using feces. There was also feces on the floor located by the entryway to the restroom.”

Photos allegedly taken of the swastika and the other fecal damage to the restroom have also been circulating online, but it is not confirmed whether the photos are legitimate.

Despite pressure and skepticism from some of the public, the investigation is still ongoing, with no suspects charged in the vandalism.

“There has been no change in that case,” MUPD Maj. Brian Weimer said. “Nobody has been identified at this time.”

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