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For second time in two years, racist slur at Kansas State was a hoax, police say

For the second time in two years, the person who reported a written racist slur found on or near Kansas State University has admitted that it was a hoax, police said.

Officers on Monday received a report of “a note using a racial slur posted on a door in the Jardine Apartment Complex,” K-State police said Thursday in a news release on Facebook.

“Upon questioning, the person who reported the incident admitted to creating and posting the note to their own door,” K-State police said. “The matter will be addressed in accordance with applicable disciplinary procedures.”

The case marks the second time that police in Manhattan determined the person who reported an incident involving the N-word admitted to investigators that they fabricated it. In November 2017, Riley County police said that a man admitted he painted racist slurs on his own car.

K-State police reports show officers were called Monday evening to one of the Jardine Apartments buildings to investigate a harassment case. Jardine Apartments house about 1,400 residents on the northwest side of the K-State campus, near Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Photos posted to Twitter the same day by user @WholsBrodrick show a piece of paper clipped to a door frame with writing that reads “Beware N****** Live Here!!! Knock at Your Own Risk.”

The Manhattan Mercury and the K-State student newspaper, the Collegian, reported that Broderick Burse tweeted the photos. Burse is listed as a sophomore in mass communications on the university’s website.

“it’s 2018 and this was posted on my apartment door,” the Twitter post reads. “this is still happening here at @KState so if isn’t as evident as it already was everyone needs to get out and vote I refuse to let this blatant racism stop me from moving onward and upward.”

Tuesday was Election Day.

In last year’s hoax, the FBI investigated a case of vandalism to a car as a possible hate crime. Riley County police reported they were investigating a vandalism in an off-campus apartment parking lot. Photos showed that graffiti written in yellow paint spelled out “Go Home N***** Boy” and “Whites Only” across the rear windshield of a car.

Riley County police said that the owner of the car, Dauntarius Williams, 21, admitted he was responsible for the graffiti.

Williams apologized and law enforcement officials decided not to file charges against him. He told the Kansas City Star after the incident that he was a K-State student and was leaving the university. K-State had said it had no record of him being a student.

After the incident, K-State President Richard Myers announced that the university was suspending classes for an afternoon campus-wide rally against racism, dubbed “KSUnite.” Earlier in 2017, a noose was reportedly found hanging from a tree on campus and an anti-gay slur was found written on a concrete column outside the Student Union.

A case of suspected anti-Semitic vandalism outside two campus dormitories in October 2017 was determined to have been caused by severe weather, K-State police said.

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