ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — Hackers posted racial slurs and drew swastikas Friday during the second of two University-sponsored Zoom meeting conducted for the campus community to discuss racism, inequality and the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.
The offenders were kicked out of the 1 p.m. meeting, which resumed without further incident. Whether the individuals are affiliated with the university is not clear. In a statement issued Friday afternoon, SBU President Dr. Dennis DePerro explained that action will be taken.
“We will make every attempt possible to identify the hackers," DePerro wrote. "If you were an employee, you’ll be terminated. If you were a student, you’ll be expelled. If it was an outsider, we will contact law enforcement."
In photos obtained by TAPinto Greater Olean, one of the offenders went by the name of “dan lok.”
“I can’t express strongly enough how outraged I am by the hate speech and imagery the members of our campus community had to endure — and I’m a white man,” DePerro wrote. “I can’t even comprehend how people of color in that conversation must have felt, especially when they came to the conversation hoping to start the slow process of healing.”
The first of the two meetings was conducted on Thursday, and DePerro said the total attendance was more than 150 members of the campus community. He added that the meetings, though productive, are only the beginning of what will be a long journey toward change.
“I saw for myself — and heard reports from the various breakout sessions — that the expressions of outrage, disgust and heartbreak over the killings were not only powerful and raw, but also instructive, beginning to reveal tangible ways we can move this university forward to play our part in healing the divisive wounds of our country," DePerro stated. "It’s my obligation as president to ensure these words and ideas expressed over the last two days aren’t lip service in an attempt to put a tiny bandage on a gaping wound. We have work to do — lots of it. It won’t be easy and it won’t be fast, but hard work never is.”