The Rock at UT vandalized with anti-Semitic message

Posted at 1:12 PM, Sep 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-12 14:12:57-04

(WTVF) — The University of Tennessee condemns an anti-Semitic message that was painted on the Rock.

Fans recently painted a logo inspired by a young fan, who was bullied for his homemade design, onto the Rock to show their support. However, that design was replaced with an anti-Semitic message on Wednesday night.

This isn't the first time the Rock has been vandalized with hate speech. One Twitter user, who shared a photo of the message, asked the university what it planned to do "this time."

Chancellor Donde Plowman issued a statement, saying in part:

“In one week, the Rock has brought out the best and the worst. We celebrated the outpouring of love for the young Volunteer who made his own T-shirt, and someone beautifully depicted the shirt on the Rock. Last night, someone covered that message of love with an anti-Semitic hate message. We condemn that hate aimed toward members of our Jewish community, and we understand that words are not enough.”

Plowman also said she met with members of the Jewish student community on Thursday morning. Click here to read her full statement to students.