Instead of spreading love, a handmade Valentine has caused widespread outrage on Michigan college campus, where a student Republican group has since apologized.
The hateful Valentine, which bore a photo of Hitler's head, was among those given out in gift bags Wednesday night at an event held by the College Republicans of Central Michigan University.
The card reportedly read: "My love 4 u burns like 6,000 Jews,” and was signed “XOXO, Courtney.”
After news of the Valentine, as well as a photo, spread across campus and beyond, the group was forced to apologize. In a Facebook message posted Wednesday, the group wrote:
“At tonight’s College Republican meeting, we had a Valentine’s Day party, in which each member decorated a bag and other members placed Valentines inside of others’ bags. Unfortunately, a very inappropriate card was placed into a bag without other members’ knowledge.
“A bag was then given away to students sitting in Anspach, once again without members’ knowledge of its contents. The College Republicans as an organization did not distribute this Valentine. We in no way condone this type of rhetoric or anti-Semitism. We apologize for any offense, and want students to know that we do not tolerate this sort of behavior.”
In spite of the apology, the Valentine drew so much ire around campus that University President George E. Ross penned a response.
The letter President Ross wrote reads, in part:
"We are deeply disappointed by last night's situation with a Valentine card containing an inappropriate sentiment that was produced during a student organization meeting. This is not who we are as a campus community.
"Such hurtful, offensive language, while protected by the First Amendment, is unacceptable and is not consistent with our values and standards."