Students react to an OU connection to racist messages, officials investigating

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NORMAN, Okla.--An OU student has been suspended for racist messages that have created an uproar at the University of Pennsylvania.

OU President David Boren said he's asked campus police to investigate the matter.

As a warning, some of the posts referred to in this story are explicit.

KFOR crews talked with some OU students upset that another claim like this is giving their school a bad reputation.

"It makes me sick just that it's a very poor representation of a University. It doesn't represent who we are as a student body," said Justin Tisdale, OU Sophomore.

"I definitely think it's inappropriate and in 2016, it shouldn't be an issue," said Katie Heinen, OU Student.

Claims that an OU Student had a role in a racist chat room.

"It is sad, just that that exists around us still," said Lacey Moss, OU Freshman.

It all started with more than 150 black freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania, added to a Group Me message labeled with the "N word" and other titles like "Mud Men."

In the social media posts, there were racial slurs and invitations to an event called "daily lynching."

Investigators linked those messages to an OU student.

"It's stuff that shouldn't be said or done, it's things that probably need to be taken out of vocabulary as a society," said Shawn Pope.

"That's disgusting. It's rhetoric that belongs in the past and it doesn't even belong there but it should never be used, regardless of circumstances," said Tisdale.

OU President David Boren launched an investigation and says the messages do not appear to have been started by an OU student, but originated somewhere else.

Boren released a statement calling this behavior unacceptable and goes on to say,

"The University of Oklahoma has made it clear that we will not tolerate racism or hate speech that constitutes a threat to our campus or others."

Some students agreed and hope investigators get to the bottom of this.

"Ultimately I just hope the truth comes out and whatever is discovered that there will be appropriate repercussions," said Tisdale.

Boren said they're still gathering facts and will determine the extent of the student's involvement.

The identity of the suspended student hasn't been released.