Air Force: Racial slurs written by 1 person who was targeted

Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, gives a speech about race relations to U.S. Air Force cadets during lunch, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Silveria, the leader of the Air Force Academy delivered a poignant and stern message on race relations in a speech to thousands of cadets after someone wrote racial slurs on message boards outside the dorm rooms of five black students. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP)

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — The Air Force Academy says racial slurs posted outside the dorm rooms of five black students were written by one of those students.

The announcement Tuesday was a jarring turn in an episode that prompted the academy’s superintendent to make a widely viewed speech warning that racists were not welcome at the school.

The academy says the student is no longer at the school, but a spokesman declined to say whether the student withdrew or was expelled.

The student’s name wasn’t released.

The slurs were found in September at a dormitory that houses students attending the academy’s prep school. The prep school is separate from the academy and helps promising students meet the academy’s entrance requirements.

Academy superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria’s speech to cadets was posted online and viewed thousands of times.

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