Nelson's car in the parking lot of Elsey Residence Hall.

Sophomore Amber Nelson had to explain to her dad why the word “WHORE” was spray-painted in green letters on her car this morning. 

When Nelson was walking out to the Elsey Residence Hall parking lot with her friends to go to the mall, she was greeted by an act of vandalism. 

She cried. 

When she called her dad, he asked her why someone would choose that word to paint. 

“He was pretty pissed only because my car said whore on it, so he just assumed I was a whore,” she said. 

Nelson estimates it will cost around $600 to fix her car, and there is no one to accept responsibility because of the lack of cameras in the school parking lots, she was told by campus security. 

Steve Leonard, director of security and Title IX coordinator, says that the situation is being assessed and it is likely that an investigator from the college will be assigned. Since a police report was also filed, the Franklin Police Department will conduct its own process for a response. 

The policy for on-campus vandalism at the college ranges from written warnings to dismissal from the institution if a student is found guilty. If a non-student is found responsible, the college is unable to investigate but could issue a no-trespass order, meaning said individual could be prohibited from legally entering campus property. 

Nelson feels as if “slut-shaming” culture is very evident on Franklin’s campus and that this action is not out of the ordinary. Leonard said it’s viable that the vandalizer had a clear motive.

“Based on the information received from the initial report, it seems like this could have been a targeted action,” Leonard said.

 

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