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Racist attacks against Ole Miss student

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OXFORD, Miss. (FOX13) -

Mary Woods says it started on Aug. 24 with racial slurs written on her son Jamal's dorm room door at Ole Miss.

Jamal is a freshman at the University of Mississippi in Oxford.

The first time the perpetrators did it, they wrote "Blacks are known to steal," followed by some profanity, and they smeared his door with globs of lotion.

"From the time he started, it has just been problems," Woods told FOX13 News.

Shortly after that, there was more profanity and racial slurs written on his door with a Sharpie. The language was so foul FOX13 News is not showing it.

"This can't keep happening and nobody doing anything about it," Woods said.

Her son feared for his life and asked to be moved to another dorm, Woods said. Jamal was moved to another dorm on campus. He also started carrying a baseball bat in his truck for protection.

"Just for his safety, and yes he asked to be switched," Woods said.
 
Things seemed to go okay for about two months, until University of Mississippi Campus Police woke Jamal up Monday morning, Nov. 5, to tell him something was wrong with his truck.

"What's going to be next? I get a phone call and you say something has happened to him and then they apologize?," Woods said. "That's not going to happen."

All four tires on his truck were slashed. The letters KKK were cut into his truck's hood. The words "Go Home" were carved into the side of his truck and the N-word was scratched into the tailgate.

The truck had been keyed all around as well. The stereo and speakers inside Jamal's truck were removed. The perpetrators even took his radio antennae just to add insult to injury.

"This truck meant everything to him 'cause this was his first vehicle," Woods said. "So now I am sitting here with a note and he is sitting there without a ride."

Woods, a single mother, said she bought Jamal the truck as a high school graduation gift.

Wood is quite mad in that Ole Miss failed to notify her of any of the attacks against her son.

Woods said Jamal, who did not want to speak on camera with FOX13 News, is distraught and is having trouble sleeping in the wake of the personal attacks. It's also affecting his grades, his mother said.

"I have reports to back me up and I just don't feel that he is safe there," Woods said. "I honestly don't think they really care about him."

Jamal won't be attending Ole Miss next semester, Brown said.

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