TODAY   |  March 05, 2013

Oberlin classes suspended after hate vandalism

Students and faculty members at Oberlin College in Ohio have been stunned by a string of hateful messages on campus, culminating in a reported sighting of a person on campus in a hooded white gown that prompted officials to suspend classes yesterday. NBC’s Thanh Truong reports.

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>>> forcing them to cancel classes on monday. thom truang is there. good morning to you.

>> reporter: good morning, matt. someone here on campus wearing what looked like a white-hooded robe. now students are uniting against a rash of hatred. tight-knit oberlin college coming together monday.

>> disturbing. it's scary. it's frightening.

>> racism does not get in oberlin . oberlin is not a bubble.

>> reporter: more than a dozen incidents of racial and h homophobic slurs since february. the report of a person on campus over the weekend in what appeared to be a hooded gown. authorities have been unable to confirm that report.

>> everyone in my room was crying and shaking. they were completely scared for like the whole night.

>> reporter: school officials quickly canceled classes. the small college of roughly 3,000 students is known for its openness to diversity and proud of its history as being one of the first colleges to admit black students, dating back to 1835 .

>> my initial reaction was that of anger. anger that someone would -- you know, would spread this kind of material throughout our community.

>> reporter: lena dunham, oberlin alum, took to twitter. hey, obies, remember the beautiful, inclusive and downright revolutionary history of the place you call home. protect each other. the masses here sending their own message.

>> we just need for it to stop.

>> we have to show that we are not pleased with what's going on and we have to take a stand.

>> reporter: oberlin police say two students are being investigated for the string of incidents. they have not been identified yet. clearly, the message is that their actions won't be tolerated. classes resume today.

>> thanh truong in oberlin , ohio.