Penn State University is conducting an investigation after multiple landmarks on its main campus were vandalized and covered with cryptic messages overnight Saturday.
The Nittany Lion Shrine's ear was broken off, and the statue, as well as the Old Main building and the Hintz Family Alumni Center, were smeared with red paint in places, according to a statement from the university.
“We have an active investigation in several locations from last night,” Sgt. Tim Townsend of the Penn State University Police said, according to the Daily Collegian. “We are working on different leads."
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The area around the Nittany Lion Shrine, a popular spot for photos, has been fenced off. The red paint on the statue covers where the ear was removed, giving the appearance of blood.
Red paint with the words "TIME IS UP" was left on the door of the Old Main building. "DEATH BY COP," "DEATH BY HAZING," and "DEATH BY PSU CULTURE" were also written on other doors of the building in blue paint, according to photos reported by WTAJ.
The Hintz Family Alumni Center was also vandalized, with the front door of the building marked with the letters "FTG" in red paint, according to the outlet. "Should have listened when you had the chance," a note on a nearby window read, signed by the letters "ADG."
Work crews dealing with vandalism damage to the Nittany Lion Shrine on the PSU campus this morning. #pennstate #nittanylions pic.twitter.com/GrDUMRA9FN— Dean Harring (@DeanHarring) May 8, 2022
As of Sunday evening, a cleanup crew had already begun to work on the Nittany Lion Shrine, according to a photo posted to Twitter.
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"These are profoundly disturbing acts, at a time when many families are taking photos and celebrating the educational accomplishments of their graduates," the university statement said of the incident, which occurred over graduation weekend.
The Washington Examiner reached out to PSU Police for comment.