Racially Charged Incidents Continue at US Universities

Student suspended over racist group chat targeting black college freshmen
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 12, 2016 3:50 PM CST
Updated Nov 12, 2016 5:56 PM CST
Racially Charged Incidents Continue at US Universities
Hundreds of University of Texas students march through downtown Austin in protest of Donald Trump's presidential victory.   (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

A student at the University of Oklahoma has been temporarily suspended and police are investigating a threat against a Muslim student near the University of Michigan amid racially charged outbursts at schools and universities across the country following Donald Trump's presidential election, the AP reports. University of Oklahoma president David Boren said the student has been temporarily suspended as the school investigates a group chat containing "violent, racist, and thoroughly disgusting images and messages" that targeted black freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania and that the Oklahoma student had been involved in. Boren denied the group chat originated at the University of Oklahoma.

In Ann Arbor, Michigan, police are looking into a report of a man who threatened to set a Muslim student on fire with a lighter if she didn't remove her hijab on Friday. The incident apparently happened near the University of Michigan campus, according to Ann Arbor police Sgt. Patrick Maguire. He added that the department is "investigating it actively ... and soliciting information from anyone who may have witnessed anything." A crime alert issued by the university said the woman took off her hijab and left the area. Witnesses told police the man was white with an "unkempt appearance" and "intoxicated with slurred speech." (Read more racism stories.)

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