UW-Parkside students speak out about racial threats

CREATED Feb. 3, 2012

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KENOSHA - Students were back in class at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Friday after a series of threats against African-American students were discovered inside Pike River Suites Residence Hall.

"On the top of it, it said you [expletive] will die in two days," said UW-Parkside student Crystal Sims.

"I'm all cried out," said Darryl Griffin, who was also targeted.  "I don't know where to go from here."

"Oh, you scheduled to die in two days.  I don't know where to go. I don't want to go to class, I don't want to graduate anymore.  Why?  Because Ifear I'm going to die."

University officals said a noose was also discovered, though student Aubrina Banks claims she saw two nooses.

"There was that one in the hallway and one hanging on my door," she said.

The university added security Friday, including five UW-Milwaukee officers who will patrol all residence halls.  In addition, only students will be allowed inside the dorms - having to sign in and out.

Some students think it's a step in the right direction, but not enough to feel completely safe.

"With different incidents happening back to back to back, I believe the university should be shut down for a few days," Sims said.

The Kenosha County Sheriff's Department is handling the investigation.  So far no suspects are in custody.