Racist Threats at NJ University Warn Student: "You Will Die"

Student moves out of her dorm room in fear.

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    After racist threats were found on the door and adjacent wall of a Montclair State University student's dorm room, the sophomore has decided to move back to her parents' home in Newark, N.J.

    On the wall were the words "BLACKS ONLY," with an arrow pointed toward the room. And on the door, someone wrote the N-word, and "Black B---- you will die."

    "I instantly started crying," Olivia McRae, 19, told NBC New York..

    McRae told her RA, who then called campus police to investigate.

    Police were already in the middle of investigating an earlier bias incident from late January, when someone wrote anti-gay graffiti on walls in a commons area.

    That sparked the university to sponsor a Day of Unity earlier this week.

    Just hours after that rally, the racist writings were found outside McRae's room.

    She wants the university to install security cameras in residence hallways, something that Montclair State was already considering, according to Karen Pennington, vice president for Student Development and Campus Life.

    "This is just so much of an anathema to who we are as an institution," Pennington said. She added that the university is taking these incidents "very seriously."

    McRae, a sophomore who is studying to be an accountant, has moved back to her parents' home in Newark.

    She said she will not drop out of school.

    "I'm never going to let anybody stop me from being successful -- I already had a hard enough life," McRae said.

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