JERSEY CITY - A well-respected prep school in Jersey City is investigating a hate crime, after a candidate for student council received text messages with racial and homophobic slurs.

The African-American student is running for class president at St. Peter's Prep. The messages urged him to drop out of the race.

Administrators at the school have launched their own investigation, but say that the person who sent the messages may be difficult to track. They say that person used a smart phone app called "Text Me," which allows senders to remain anonymous.

Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime and say they are not sure if the suspect is a student or someone outside the school.

The father of the victim, who News 12 is not identifying due to the nature of the crime, says his son is depressed and afraid to go to school, but has no plans to drop out of the race.

The student council election, which was scheduled for Monday, was postponed.

Approximately 40 percent of the students at St. Peter's Prep are non-white.