Cadet candidate responsible for racist messages at USAFA Prep school
11/08/2017 11:32:00 -07:00
(By Benjamin Lloyd-KOAA) An investigation by the US Air Force Academy has determined that an African-American cadet who reported a racist message outside their dorm room is the person responsible for the messages left on several message boards.
As a result, the cadet candidate is no longer at the Air Force Academy Preparatory School.
The academy had reported five African-American cadet candidates found messages outside their dorm rooms on September 27 that read "go home (n-word)".
KOAA in Colorado Springs learned about the issue via social media as a family member of an affected cadet candidate sent in a photo.
Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, the Superintendent of the US Air Force Academy, delivered a powerful speech to cadets the next day.
"If you're outraged those words, then you are in the right place. That kind of behavior has no place at the Prep School, it has no place at USAFA, and it has no place in the United States Air Force," he said.
"If you can't treat someone with dignity and respect then you need to get out. If you can't treat someone from another gender, whether that is a man or woman, with dignity and respect, then you need to get out. If you demean someone in any way, then you need to get out. And if you can't treat someone from another race or different color skin with dignity or respect, then you need to get out," said Silveria.
The Preparatory School is made up of academy applicants who didn't receive an appointment, but are allowed to undergo a 10-month program to get them ready for possible transition into the Air Force Academy. Even upon completion of the program, members of the Preparatory School are not guaranteed an appointment to the Academy.
The Air Force Academy Preparatory School is on the grounds of the Academy, away from the main cadet area.