CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - An investigation is underway after a photo of a racially offensive sign over a water fountain - allegedly on the campus of UNC-Charlotte - was posted on social media.
A viewer sent WBTV a photo of the sign, which reads "COLORED." Campus officials say the investigation began after that image was posted to Snapchat.
"While the image provides no clear indication of the sign's location, some comments have indicated that it had been placed on campus," a release from UNC-Charlotte read.
Campus officials said all university buildings were canvassed and security footage was being reviewed in an effort to identify the person or persons who put up the sign.
Andre Saunders is a student who is among the offended.
"It's really hurtful to be a black male and see something like that," he said.
John Bullins is a white economics major who shares the pain.
"It's just very upsetting to know that people think things like that are funny," Bullins said.
Ashley Rankin hopes the case is solved soon.
"I think it's going to be difficult, but ultimately what needs to be done is preventing these types of things from happening," Rankin said.
But was it a prank or joke?
Students like Cherrocco Berry feels it goes too far.
"People's tempers are gonna get hot, and it may explode," Berry said.
Late Thursday afternoon a statement from university officials said there may be leads in the case. Investigators say that fountain may be in Holshauser Hall.
School officials are planning to meet with residents to learn more about the case and provide a sense of reassurance.
Anyone with information about the sign should call the UNC-Charlotte Police and Public Safety Department via the LiveSafe app, or by calling 704-687-8300.