Pro-Islamic State Messages Painted on Youngstown State Rock

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ISIS Slogans painted at YSU.

Shannon Tirone, associate vice president for university relations, told TheBlaze Monday morning that campus police are working with the local Youngstown Police Department as well as the FBI to determine who wrote the threatening message.The discovery was made early Monday when somone wanderered near a rock that student groups frequently paint to promote or commemorate campus events or organizations.The painted slogans proclaimed “YSU supports ISIS,” and “France deserves destruction,” and more ominously, “We are coming.” One rock also had what appeared to be Arabic writing on it.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown State University Students met to re-paint the school’s famed rock Monday afternoon after it was labeled with a pro-ISIS message earlier in the day. The incident got a headline on the Fox News website, sparked reader reaction on news outlets from Pittsburgh to Cleveland and even drew a comment from a YSU alumni deployed in Iraq.

Multiple viewers submitted messages to WYTV with photos of the rock, which is located outside the school’s Kilcawley Center and is frequently used to advertise for events on campus. The phrase “Pete 4 Paris” was emblazoned on the rock as a show of solidarity with the French people who are still mourning the loss of 130 people who were murdered in terrorist attacks credited to a group calling itself the Islamic State, or Isis.

One side said, “YSU supports ISIS.” Other messages seen in viewer-submitted photos are, “France deserves destruction,” “Jihad over God ISIS,” and “We are coming.” WYTV also received reports that the messages had been covered by a new layer of paint, meaning they are no longer visible Monday afternoon. A campus police officer told TheBlaze he knew of painted rock and his department’s involvement in to the investigation but was not authorized to speak to the media. There is no credible threat to the campus at this time.” But students are disturbed at the messages, with the mother of two students telling ABC that “they were in fear and now have anxiety over what was seen.” “Whoever did this to the rock needs [to be] expelled,” added Alex Welsh, another student, via Twitter. “ISIS is not some joke. He noted that the rock at YSU had been painted with many slogans over the years, some of them “more stupid than the next,” but never to his knowledge with “something that stood for such brutality and oppression.” Another posting pointed out that the pro-ISIS slogans had been painted over the top of a message in support of Paris, France after the Nov. 13 ISIS attacks there. A campus group last week had painted the rocks red, white and blue and included a picture of “Pete for Paris,” featuring campus mascot Pete the Penguin, according to the posting.

Any info call YSU Police: 330-941-3527.” WYTV began hearing about the message around 9 a.m. and is investigating why the university did not send an alert to students earlier. They notified campus police and the FBI “as a precautionary measure” according to a statement, but added that no threats had been validated and there was “no current credible threat” on campus.

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact the YSU Police Dept. at 330-941-3527, or visit and click on “Anonymous Reporting” to report the information anonymously.

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