Youngstown State University vandalized with pro-ISIS graffiti

Quickly, officials and students painted over them.


Josh Katzowitz


Published Nov 24, 2015   Updated May 27, 2021, 2:45 pm CDT

With the world on edge after the Islamic State‘s destructive attack in Paris and with subsequent video threats being made, it’s not particularly useful or humorous for people to prank an entire society by spraypainting pro-Islamic State messages in public. And if it’s not a prank, then, there might be bigger issues at play.

Either way, Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio, is on edge after boulders on campus were discovered Monday with pro-Islamic State words.

But Youngstown State was quick to tweet the following.

Fox 8 in Cleveland reported that the university notified the FBI as a precaution. A Youngstown State spokeswoman said police are reviewing security cameras that were in the area.

“Unfortunately, this is the world we live in today,” Shannon Tirone, the associate vice president for university relations, told the Vindicator. “… [When the perpetrators are caught], I can tell you we won’t be lenient.”

But later Monday, students painted over the rocks with messages of support like, “God Bless America,” “United We Stand,” and “World Peace.”

H/T Fox 8 Cleveland | Photo via CodeAndCommand/Twitter

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*First Published: Nov 24, 2015, 12:34 am CST