Slur Sinks Student Who Was Supposed to Cheer for UT

Athletics wouldn't accept student who used racial slur
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2020 9:36 AM CDT
Incoming UT Cheerleader Booted Over Snapchat Posts
Neyland Stadium is seen during the first half of an NCAA college football game between Tennessee and Florida, Sept. 24, 2016, in Knoxville, Tenn.   (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

A student expected to join the University of Tennessee cheerleading squad this fall will no longer attend the university after evidence of her using a racial slur surfaced on social media. Vols Cheer had announced the incoming freshman from Virginia would be joining the team in a May 24 Instagram post, per WVLT. Less than two weeks later, a Snapchat video showing the student using a racial slur, as well as an image in which she included the N-word in a caption, were shared in a Twitter thread that encouraged viewers to write to school officials. "Athletics made the decision not to allow a prospective student to join the Spirit Program," the school said Thursday. "She will not be attending the university this fall."

The university added it "takes seriously our commitment to fostering a Volunteer community that values equity, inclusion, and that promotes respect for all people. We have a responsibility to support our black students and create a place where all Vols feel safe." The Knoxville News Sentinel flags similar situations elsewhere this week: Milwaukee's Marquette University rescinded admission to a student over a Snapchat post that referred to George Floyd, and two incoming students have withdrawn from Missouri State University over racist incidents. In the latter case, the Springfield News-Leader reports that one student used a slur and ridiculed the phrase "black girl magic," while a white female apparently participated in a Snapchat reenactment of George Floyd's death. (More University of Tennessee stories.)

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