Oberlin police: Person in KKK outfit may have been a woman with a blanket

Mike Krumboltz

Students walk in downtown Oberlin Tuesday, March 5, 2013 (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Students walk in downtown Oberlin Tuesday, March 5, 2013 (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Oberlin College canceled classes and held a unity rally on Monday following reports that a person in a Ku Klux Klan-like outfit was seen on campus. It turns out the witness may have been mistaken.

Ohio's Chronicle-Telegram reports that the police were unable to find anyone in a KKK robe. But authorities did come across a female in a blanket.

From the Chronicle-Telegram:

Oberlin police Lt. Mike McCloskey said that authorities did find a pedestrian wrapped in a blanket. He said police interviewed another witness later in the day and that person also saw a female walking with a blanket. He said Oberlin police were contacted by campus security and interviewed the student who reported seeing the KKK outfit. McCloskey said police haven’t been able to substantiate the initial report, although that doesn’t mean it was wrong.

Oberlin College has been struggling with a rash of hate-fueled incidents since February. The Oberlin Review, the college's student paper, reports that there have been several instances of hate speech and racist and homophobic vandalism. In one instance, someone wrote "Whites Only" above a water fountain. In another case, a swastika was drawn onto the window of an academic hall.

The people responsible for those incidents were caught, according to Lt. McClousky.

From the U.K.'s Guardian:

My understanding is that the individuals are college students and they have been identified. They are no longer on campus. The college is dealing with it internally, and we have been working in co-operation with the college.