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On Monday, racial slurs were written on the dormitory white boards outside the rooms of five teenaged black cadet candidates at the school — reading “go home n—-r,” according to the Air Force Times.
The hate messages prompted the school’s superintendent, Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, to assemble the school’s more than 4,000 cadets and staff for a stern rebuke, the Guardian reported.
Reports of one, then three, then eight shooters emerged.
Across Facebook, stories emerged of cadets texting their parents, with some saying goodbye. ...
One Twitter account that claimed to be tied to a cadet squadron reported that the alleged shooters were dressed as police. .... A video posted to Twitter shows SWAT officers going through a dorm, with the tweet, "These are the shooters." Similar panics have been triggered at military bases before by training exercises
At the academy, where some were convinced that anyone in a police uniform could be a mass killer, panic proved hard to contain. "Suspects pretending to be (security forces)," a tweet from an account tied to the academy's Cadet Squadron 13 said. "Do not open doors."