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2 Calvin students admit to 'white power' messages

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Calvin College officials say two students have admitted to writing in snow that apparent hate speech discovered in a campus parking lot Monday morning.

A photo circulating on Facebook with hundreds of shares shows the words "white power" and a swastika written in the snow. Officials said six cars had the message written on them.

Calvin College President Michael Le Roy published the following statement after the message was discovered:

"This morning we woke up to hateful, racialized and profane statements that were written in the snow on several cars on campus," the statement reads. "Hateful acts such as these violate the image of God in all people, exhibit the sin and brokenness we experience in human community and have no place at Calvin College.

"We are still gathering evidence and information and I will have a more thorough communication via email to our campus community later today."

Le Roy announced the students' confessions during a meeting Monday afternoon. The students had been seen on video surveillance. Their names are not expected to be released.

"The Nazi symbol and 'white power' have no place at Calvin College," Le Roy said. "Things like this aren't funny -- they're actually damaging and harmful."