Youngstown State rock painted with pro-ISIS message

(WKBN Photo)

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown State University’s famed rock got painted with a pro-ISIS message Monday morning.

Multiple viewers submitted messages to WKBN with photos of the rock, which is located outside the school’s Kilcawley Center and is frequently used to advertise for events on campus. One side said, “YSU supports ISIS.” Other messages seen in viewer-submitted photos are, “France deserves destruction,” “Jihad over God ISIS,” and “We are coming.”

WKBN also received reports that the messages had been covered by a new layer of paint, meaning they are no longer visible Monday. It was not immediately clear who painted the rock or when they did so.

YSU sent a text alert at 11:14 a.m. Monday that read, “Messages of concern were found on the rock. Police are investigating. No credible threat to campus currently. Any info call YSU Police: 330-941-3527.”

A news release from the university read, in part:

Messages were found painted on the rock on the Youngstown State University campus core on Monday, Nov. 23, that were found to be of concern. YSU Police are investigating the situation. The FBI was contacted as a precautionary measure. No threats have been validated at this time. Police are continuing to look into the matter. There is no credible threat to the campus at this time. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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