BOISE - Security officials at Boise State are investigating after a homecoming float built to raise awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement was damaged by vandals, Boise State President Bob Kustra said in a statement early Sunday morning.
"Let me say unequivocally that I and all Boise State leaders condemn this act and any attempt to quiet the constitutionally protected free speech of students and others on our campus," Kustra said.
The vandalism came to light Saturday night when Nnandii Alexander, a member of Boise State's Afro-Black Student Alliance, took to Twitter to express her frustration over the act.
They destroyed our Black Lives Matter homecoming float y'all... #boisestate for you— Queen N'nandii✨ (@_nnandiicole) October 16, 2016
This is what our float ended up looking like. We never did a final product picture cuz we though we would be able to today smh pic.twitter.com/2Y5mmoM9zC— Queen N'nandii✨ (@_nnandiicole) October 16, 2016
Students say they finished working on the float Friday evening and less than 24 hours later, what they saw left them speechless.
Milaun Danclar, a member of the Afro-Black Student Alliance, says their cart - along with 15 others belonging to other student organizations - were left overnight at the Brady parking garage and then taken out prior to the homecoming parade.
That's where Danclar and other members found there cart damaged. Several balloons with the names of victims of police brutality written on them were either popped or taken, streamers that went around the cart were ripped off, and construction paper that covered the cart had holes in it.
Kustra said the university has reached out to the student group to express support.
"We intend to continue to do all we can to keep Boise State a safe and welcoming campus for all students," he added.