Hundreds rally behind Duke student targeted by homophobic death threat

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Hundreds rallied Friday to support a Duke University student targeted by a homophobic death threat written on a residence hall wall.


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The threat, written in black marker on a first-floor wall of East Residence Hall, was aimed at freshman Jack Donahue.

“In just five words, my sense of security at this campus was shattered,” Donahue said.

He said his dean told him of the threat before he saw.

“I was told about before I saw it. My dean came in and showed it to me. That’s the only time I broke down,” Donahue said.

The writing appeared early Thursday morning.

But Friday, hundreds of students came to support Donahue.

“This sort of thing is not OK on this campus. It’s not OK to speak violently to any student that identifies with a marginalized sexual orientation on campus,” said sophomore Savannah Lynn.

Campus police will continue to investigate the incident as some students are calling for more immediate action by the administration.

Some students said they would like the school to adopt a zero-tolerance policy.

“It’s something the administration has to think about, work for and act on behalf of students to truly protect us at this university,” said Tyler Nelson of Blue Devils United.

In a statement released Thursday, Duke said, “Duke does not and will never condone intolerance, regardless of where and when it arises.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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