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Sweet Briar College student confesses to 'White Only', 'Colored' signs

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Sweet Briar (WSLS) - A student at Sweet Briar College confessed to putting "hurtful signs" on doors of students and a water cooler.

Sometime between 8 and 10:30 Thursday morning, four labels, made with a label-maker, were put on doors and the water cooler on the fourth floor of Meta Glass.

"As difficult as this is to believe, two of the labels read 'White Only,' and two 'Colored.' For someone who grew up in the deeply segregated South, those words recall to me a world of racial discrimination, disregard for human dignity, and institutionalized prejudice," said interm President James Jones Jr. in a letter to the Sweet Briar community.

Jones says he received an anonymous email over the weekend where a student confessed.

The email read in part:

"While posting these extremely hurtful labels, I had one thing in mind. My mission was to show others that words can still have an extreme impact, and the past still resonates with us all. While moving forward, we can never really shake the past. The past is a part of us and we are a part of the past. While they did not necessarily know this before, we are all equal and nobody deserves to be treated unfairly. I was trying to make a point, but the point ended up "making me"…now everyone has ideas on what type of person that I am. I am none of these things….I am myself, I am caring and kind. I am the last person who would ever intentionally hurt someone else, but most of all, I am sorry!"

Jones says he has encouraged her to come forward in compliance with the honor code. He says an investigation is continuing.

You can read the update from Jones here.
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