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Oberlin KKK Scare Possibly Caused by Somebody Wrapped in a Blanket

Not even a sheet

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OBERLIN — Oberlin College's "Day of Solidarity" on Monday was sparked by a student who reported seeing a person wearing what appeared to be a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe near the college's Afrikan Heritage House while driving through campus between 1 and 2 a.m.

College security officers responded to the area, but weren't able to find a person wearing the infamous KKK garb.

Oberlin police Lt. Mike McCloskey said that authorities did find a pedestrian wrapped in a blanket. He said police interviewed another witness later in the day and that person also saw a female walking with a blanket.

He said Oberlin police were contacted by campus security and interviewed the student who reported seeing the KKK outfit.

McCloskey said police haven't been able to substantiate the initial report, although that doesn't mean it was wrong.

Scott Wargo, a college spokesman, and Sean Decatur, the college's dean of arts and sciences, both said they were unaware of the person wearing the blanket.