STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WAOW) –The Univeristy of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Stevens Point Mayor Mike Wiza issued a joint statement following a university crosswalk vandalism incident earlier this week.
The Pride Crosswalk, recently installed near the UW-Stevens Point campus’ Dreyfus University Center, was vandalized through two tire burnout incidents Wednesday. According to a press release, “the suspects were quickly identified through the work of University Police, and criminal charges are being pursued.”
The suspects are not connected to the university, the release said. “Restitution is being sought for the damage,” the release adds.
“The university is committed to creating and celebrating an inclusive, diverse community, and the crosswalk publicly demonstrates this support,” said Chancellor Bernie Patterson. “We appreciate that the City of Stevens Point and Mayor Mike Wiza join us in that goal,” he added.
“I am very pleased with the rapid response from UW-Stevens Point police,” said Mayor Wiza. “We want to assure everyone that we will not tolerate this type of hateful behavior toward any person or group in our community.”
Work has already begun to repair the damage to the crosswalk and will be completed soon, per the release.