University of Texas police are investigating spray-painted graffiti found Thursday morning on a portion of Littlefield Fountain on the South Mall, officials said via Twitter.
According to UT spokeswoman Cindy Posey, the fountain was tagged with a message that read: “This is the blood of survivors that UT ignores,” along with a drawing of a hammer and sickle.
Crews are using pressure washers to remove the graffiti, which UT said has caused the water in the fountain to turn purple.
UT Facilities Services said the vandals put dye in the water. Crews will have to empty the fountain, clean it and refill it.
Earlier in the year, the hammer and sickle appeared in graffiti targeting UT professor Richard Morrisett, who had pleaded guilty in a domestic abuse case. UT police discovered graffiti Feb. 5 outside the College of Pharmacy building that read: “Careful! UT Keeps abusers on staff!” and “Watch your back Richard.”
Last week, vandals defaced election signs on the UT campus outside the Flawn Academic Center, where voters were casting early ballots in the Texas primaries.
Crews are cleaning the graffiti, which has caused the water in the fountain to turn purple. pic.twitter.com/LslWs4njV5— Mary Huber (@marymhuber) March 8, 2018
UTPD is investigating graffiti that occurred overnight at the Littlefield Fountain. Crews are working to remove the spray paint causing the water in the fountain to turn purple.— UT Austin Police (@UTAustinPolice) March 8, 2018