Cotton balls scattered at black culture center

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Associated Press

Posted on February 27, 2010 at 4:04 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 5 at 3:31 PM

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — University of Missouri police are investigating after someone scattered cotton balls outside the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center on the Columbia campus.

Students and staff discovered the cotton balls littering the grass and sidewalk outside the building Friday. Witnesses told campus police that two people were seen running from the area sometime before 2 a.m. Friday.

University chancellor Brady Deaton issued a statement Friday denouncing what he called the "disheartening and inexcusable act." Deaton said the university is committed to tolerance and respect. He urged anyone with information to contact university police.

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Information from: KRCG-TV, http://www.krcg.com

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