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ANTI-BLACK FLIERS POSTED AT SCHOOL.

Byline: Greg Botonis Daily News Staff Writer

Fliers promoting racist propaganda around Antelope Valley College have students and faculty members both outraged and fearful.

Two different types of fliers - both bearing images of hooded figures taken from a Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Web site - claim that campus security guards reported that a young white woman was raped by an African-American man and says the people responsible for the fliers will be performing their own investigation.

``These claims are all completely false,'' said public relations director Steve Standerfer. ``There hasn't been a sexual assault here in at least the past three years and I highly doubt that our security team would report it to these people.''

Sheriff's officials say the fliers do not constitute a hate crime - since they made no direct threat toward an individual or group - but they are categorizing the situation as a ``hate incident.'' They also say they have received no report of such a rape on campus.

A hate crime detective has been assigned to work with college security staffers to try to identify the person or people responsible, said Lt. Rod Penner of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Authorities are also searching the state education code to see whether the fliers violate any provision, he said.

The fliers left many students feeling unsure of their safety on campus.

``It's sickening that we have these kind of people wandering around our campus,'' said student Mariel Stemps. ``It's really frightening to know that people like this are here. You see it in the movies and stuff but it's all unreal.''

Though the fliers are not illegal, campus policy states that postings must be brought to the student development office so they can be dated and later taken down after a specified period of time.

``They didn't follow this procedure so we can take them down,'' said Standerfer.

Campus security employees began removing the fliers immediately after their discovery Monday and formed teams to continue taking them down throughout the day.

``They were being put back up as soon as our security could take them down,'' said Standerfer. ``It was like they were following our guys around.''

Another aspect that adds to uneasiness of people on campus was the discovery that the Ku Klux Klan Web site had been accessed at some time through a college computer system.

``All that we know is that the site was in fact accessed from the campus,'' said R. James Guild, director of information technology services for Antelope Valley College. ``It could have been someone who had seen the flier and just wanted to see if the site existed. Realistically, we don't know who it was.''

Currently the college has no way of locating which of the 1,200 campus computers was used to access the site.

``We make no attempts to look at what people do or restrict them from anything,'' said Guild. ``It's all a First Amendment thing that sits on a fine line. But there are laws and once they cross those lines we have to take action.''
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Date:Mar 17, 1999
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