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Cadet candidate found responsible for racist messages at USAFA Prep school

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View of the Academy from Eagle Peak. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Branum) View of the Academy from Eagle Peak. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Branum)

An investigation by the US Air Force Academy has determined an African-American cadet who reported a racist message outside their dorm room is the person responsible for the messages left on several message boards.

As a result the cadet candidate is no longer at the Air Force Academy Preparatory School.

The academy had reported 5 African-American cadet candidates found messages outside their dorm rooms on September 27 that read "go home (n-word)".

News 5 learned about the issue via social media as a family member of an impacted cadet candidate sent in a photo.

The Superintendent of the US Air Force Academy delivered a powerful speech to cadets the next day.

"If you're outraged those words, then you are in the right place. That kind of behavior has no place at the Prep School, it has no place at USAFA, and it has no place in the United States Air Force," Lt Gen Jay Silveria, Superintendent of the US Air Force Academy, told students gathered for an assembly to address the issue.

"If you can't treat someone with dignity and respect then you need to get out. If you can't treat someone from another gender, whether that is a man or woman, with dignity and respect, then you need to get out. If you demean someone in any way, then you need to get out. And if you can't treat someone from another race or different color skin with dignity or respect, then you need to get out," said Lt. General Silveria.

The Preparatory School is made up of academy applicants who didn't receive an appointment, but are allowed to undergo a 10-month program to get them ready for possible transition into the Air Force Academy.  Even upon completion of the program, members of the Preparatory School are not guaranteed an appointment to the Academy.

The Air Force Academy Preparatory School is on the grounds of the Academy, away from the main cadet area.

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