The University of Bath has said it is ‘disappointed’ after the word ‘snowflakes’ was graffitied on the entrance sign to their Claverton Down campus yesterday, Monday 20th May.
The word ‘snowflake’ has become synonymous with those who are easily offended or have an ‘unwarranted sense of entitlement’.
The graffiti was spotted at the site in Bath at around midday, but it’s not clear when it was sprayed.
A University of Bath spokesperson said: “We’re disappointed with this act of vandalism, and the graffiti is being removed.
“We are enormously proud of our student community, and the fact so many are engaged with debate and make their voice heard. And we are thankful to live in a time when it is ‘okay not to be okay’ and to ask for help when you need it.
“Our University’s commitment to supporting our vibrant and inclusive community is here to stay.”
In a post on Facebook, University of Bath Student Union President Eve Alcock said: “I am sick of the prejudice that young people and students get across the country.”
“The national snowflake rhetoric has shown up literally on our doorstep.
“This rhetoric deliberately serves to delegitimise and silence the voices of young people across the country. A generation who are statistically more diverse, more tolerant and more open than any generation before us.
“Ironically, people who get uppity about the ‘snowflake generation’ tend to be those who do not like their long-held conservative views to be challenged.
“The message of this graffiti is specific and targeted, but if the perpetrator thinks some red graffiti is going to stop students in Bath – and across the UK – raising their voices and working to create a more open and tolerant society then they can think again.
“Frankly it’s hilarious that someone is so offended by a generation that they feel the need to commit a criminal offence to make a point.”
“We will not be silenced, we will not pander to your narrative.”