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Police searching for person who left flyers at OCU Law

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The plaza area of the Oklahoma City University School of Law on April 21, 2016. [Photo by Chris Landsberger/ The Oklahoman]
The plaza area of the Oklahoma City University School of Law on April 21, 2016. [Photo by Chris Landsberger/ The Oklahoman]

Police are trying to identify a person who posted flyers saying “IT’S OKAY TO BE WHITE” at the Oklahoma City University School of Law.

OCU Police Director Bill Citty said officers don’t believe the person is a threat to students or the school campus.

The person left several papers Thursday night with the text “IT’S OKAY TO BE WHITE” outside and on the doors of the law school, 800 N Harvey. Campus police obtained images of the man and have a “good idea” of his identity, Citty said.

The Oklahoma City Police Department is trying to locate the man for questioning.

“The important thing now is to 100% identify this person and find out what his intentions were,” Citty said.

Once the man is found, officers will try to determine whether he planned any more incidents at OCU. The man will be told not to return to the school campus.

The flyers alone don’t appear to be a crime, Citty said. Property would have to be destroyed for vandalism to apply. Officers will investigate whether the person’s actions amounted to a hate crime.

Posts on social media speculated the flyers were intended as a response to a Day of the Dead altar set up by the Hispanic Law Student Association, but Citty said the investigation has indicated the papers aren’t a response to the altar or any recent events at the law school.

Law school Dean Jim Roth issued a statement to students and faculty after the flyers were removed. He addressed the message on the papers, saying the law school has been “intentional and relentless” in celebrating its diverse community.

The school celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month, LGBTQ+ History Month and Day of the Dead and will honor Native American Heritage Month.

“Despite what the intentions of that message may have been, the message reminds me of one fact that I know our community embraces — it’s okay to be EVERYBODY,” Roth said. “Exclusion and hate will not be tolerated here. You are accepted at OCU Law no matter how you pray, what you look like, or who you love. And you always will be.”

Nuria Martinez-Keel

Nuria Martinez-Keel joined The Oklahoman in 2019. She found a home at the newspaper while interning in summer 2016 and 2017. Nuria returned to The Oklahoman for a third time after working a year and a half at the Sedalia Democrat in Sedalia,... Read more ›

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