YSU community bands together in reaction to pro-ISIS messages

The YSU community says the pro-ISIS messages found on the rock are not what the university stands for.


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Students painting the rock outside YSU’s Kilcawley Center is a pretty typical scene on campus. But on Monday afternoon, there was passion behind every shake of a spray paint can.

Dozens of YSU students spent their afternoon repainting the university landmark after messages supporting the terrorist group ISIS were found on it Monday morning. After they were finished, a new message covered the rock.

“We want to show a positive side to the university,” another student, Jordan Wolfe, said.

Blue duct tape helped lay the framework for the American flag.

“We have ‘God bless America,’ couple of peace signs, ‘USA’ on one side, ‘In God We Trust,’ just a little bit of everything to show what America represents,” Richter said.

Photos: Reaction to YSU rock painting

Students say the messages painted on the rock earlier do not represent YSU. A lot of Penguins are frustrated, angry, disappointed and don’t understand why anyone would do this.

“As far as what was on here earlier, it’s not right. We’re just changing it, trying to right the wrongs,” Richter said.

YSU president, Jim Tressel, stopped by the rock as well, proud of the positive stand students are taking.

“Out here in the wide open light, these folks are standing together,” he said.

“Whether you are black, white, an international student, a certain religion or not, YSU community stands together and I don’t believe that a little painting on a rock is going to dissuade people from coming to classes,” Wolfe said.

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