Kansas Guard investigates private over chalk messages

LINDSBORG, Kan. — The Kansas Army National Guard is investigating after a private admitted to being involved when chalk messages, including some that were racially offensive, were written on the sidewalks of Bethany College.

The 19-year-old apologized to The Salina Journal for his involvement. He offered no details about what happened Sept. 3 at the college in the central Kansas town of Lindsborg. The private wasn’t a student there but is involved in the new alternative right group Identity Evropa, which the Southern Poverty Law Center is studying.

Lindsborg Police Chief Tim Berggren says the messages aren’t likely to result in charges.

But Kansas Adjutant General’s Office spokeswoman Katie Horner says Guard policy doesn’t allow participation in group activities that advocate supremacist or extremist doctrine. She says “appropriate, swift action” will be taken.