Release Date: October 6, 2011
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- University at Buffalo Police have arrested a UB student and charged him with vandalizing one of 330 wooden crosses placed on the North Campus by the student club, UB Students for Life.
The 21-year-old student will face criminal mischief charges after allegedly breaking one of the crosses that are part of the student club's demonstration located near the UB Student Union. The vandalism occurred Oct. 3.
University Police continue to investigate other instances of vandalism that occurred to the crosses. A $500 reward has been offered for information leading to additional arrests and convictions. Anyone with information is encouraged to aid the investigation by contacting University Police at 716-645-2222.
"The university takes very seriously any crime committed on its campus," says Dennis R. Black, vice president for university life and services. "Anyone found responsible will face appropriate campus and criminal charges.
"UB is a public forum for the exchange of ideas," Black added. "We respect the rights of all students and their organizations to present their views on a variety of topics, and we ask others to respect these rights as well.
"We were disappointed to learn of reports of repeated vandalism. As a university, we promote understanding and diversity of thought; we cannot tolerate repression of these ideals."