It was quite the scene at the Wells House residence hall on the campus of Missouri State University, the College Fix reported.
Officers from the Springfield Police Department were called, and they — along with campus officials and resident assistants — met in the dorm lobby before they were escorted to the fourth floor, the outlet said, citing a report filed by Campus Safety Officer John Matthews.
And what did they encounter when they entered the hallway? An all-out brawl? Drunken students? Drugs?
No, nothing that mundane. Instead the intervening party were in for an eyeful of something truly unique: A drawing of a penis on a dry-erase board on a student's door — along with the words "You're a dick" next to the drawing, the Fix said.
What are the details?
The resident assistant who found the drawing told police she "did not have any information about who might have made the drawing or when it was done," the outlet noted, adding that the RA also told cops that she was unaware of "any problems on her floor that might be related."
After officials were through scraping their shocked bodies off the floor and administering smelling salts to each other, a decision was made.
The Fix said police "took no further action," according to the report.
But alas, the outlet added that the incident was reported to the Missouri State Bias Response Team — and the school encourages students and faculty to notify the BRT when bias arises. Turns out the penis-drawn-on-dry-erase-board fracas was one of 28 incidents filed that year with the school's Bias Response Team, the Fix said.
The outlet said it obtained copies of the reports through an open records law request, and many student names are redacted in the reports to protect their identities.
According to the Missouri State BRT website, a campus community member accused of bias may be subject to "voluntary interventions" that may include "a variety of activities including discussion, mediation, training, counseling and consensus building," the Fix said.
Other bias incidents
The Wells House dorm apparently was a popular spot for other bias incidents.
- A resident assistant found two female students writing, "Hi my name is Slim Shady! or Nazi Baby" on the whiteboard outside another female student's door, the outlet said. When asked to explain themselves, the students said "Nazi Baby" was an affectionate nickname they had given the other student because of her blonde hair and blue eyes, the Fix added. But still police were called at 11:22 p.m., and an officer arrived a half hour later to look at the whiteboard message, the outlet said. The officer "stated that no report would be written due to there not being any malicious intent perceived in the comment," the Fix said.
- University Safety was called over a whiteboard message that read, "Hi! Shabbat Shalom! Allahu Akbar," the outlet noted. The area safety coordinator knocked on the door several times but did not detect any movement inside the room, the Fix said, adding that RAs debated about calling police. Campus safety was notified and recommended not calling police, the outlet said, adding that clearance was then given to erase the whiteboard.
Oh, and a faculty member riding the Bear Line shuttle overheard on the bus radio that "a little oriental girl is waiting" at a stop, the Fix said, adding that the bias complaint said the voice sounded like it was from an "older male" radioing in from another bus. "His tone wasn't mean spirited, and I don't think he meant anything negative by it, but training on current, respectful vs. outdated, inappropriate language seems needed," the complaint read, according to the outlet.