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Alleged Penn State Student Criticized Following ‘Sickening’ Anti-Semitic Gesture

Update, June 2, 11 a.m.: Tuesday morning, THON responded to the image depicting an alleged Penn State student wearing an “anti-Semitic mark.”

“We are incredibly disappointed to see an image of a former volunteer affiliated with an anti-Semitic mark,” THON wrote. “We have not, nor will we ever, condone this behavior in any set or setting.”

“As a student-run organization, THON has no power to take disciplinary action against the alleged student. However, the organization vowed to continue educating volunteers and spreading “messages of hope, love, and positivity to combat hate.”

Additionally, the student in question reportedly deleted her Donor Drive page.

Original Story: A woman believed to be a Penn State student received heavy criticism after an image of her wearing a drawn-on swastika surfaced on Twitter Monday evening.

Penn State swiftly responded to the image and claimed it is in contact with the individual, identified by Twitter users as Ryann Milligan. She is purportedly the blonde woman to the left in the photo above. It’s unclear when the photo was taken and if the other women depicted are also allegedly Penn State students.

“The reported anti-Semitic post is deeply disturbing and sickening,” Penn State wrote on Twitter. “The [university] is contacting the individual alleged to be involved…We will continue to speak out against hatred and intolerance.”

According to Penn State’s student directory, Milligan is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in rehabilitation and human services.

Penn State did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the matter. The university also didn’t confirm her identity.

Earlier Monday, a different alleged Penn State student drew criticism for a similar incident. He was recorded allegedly using hate speech and racial slurs at a Pennsylvania rally Sunday night.

We’ll update this post with more information as it becomes available.

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By day, Matt is a senior majoring in journalism. By night, he's Onward State's managing editor. He's a huge Philadelphia sports fan, fantasy football lover, and washed-up drummer hailing from Collegeville, Pa. The quickest way to his heart is Margherita pizza and "Arrested Development" quotes. Follow him on Twitter @mattdisanto_ if you hate yourself or email Matt at [email protected] if you hate him.


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