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Vandals graffiti the word 'snowflakes' across University of Bath sign

The word 'snowflakes' appeared on the University of Bath sign. Photo: Eve Alcock

Vandals have graffitied the word 'snowflakes' across a sign at an entrance to the University of Bath.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary the term is sometimes used in a derogatory way meaning, "An overly sensitive or easily offended person, or one who believes they are entitled to special treatment on account of their supposedly unique characteristics."

The criminal act led to the University's Students' Union President Eve Alcock passionately posting on social media with her thoughts on the graffiti.

Today, this vandalism appeared on the University of Bath sign at the east entrance to campus.

I am sick of the prejudice that young people and students get across the country. Within the last week we have seen our local press publish a cover story with the headline “‘We’re overrun with students’”, and now 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.

– Eve Alcock, Students' Union President

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I’ve seen people come for students and young people on both a local and national level. I have spoken to local journalists who freely admit they like to publish anti-student stories because it gives them the most clicks. I have read countless national articles peddling this snowflake narrative, and even minimising the real mental health issues so prevalent in today’s society.

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.

– Eve Alcock, Students' Union President
The University says the graffiti is being removed. Credit: Eve Alcock

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.

– University of Bath spokesperson