OU student linked to racist, violent messages no longer enrolled at university

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NORMAN, Okla. – A student at the University of Oklahoma who is reportedly linked to racist and violent messages targeting black students at the University of Pennsylvania is no longer enrolled at OU.

Last week, black freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania found “violent, racist and thoroughly disgusting” messages on their phones after they were added to a racist GroupMe account.

According to The Daily Pennsylvanian, the messages included racial slurs and images of lynchings.

“This is absolutely vile material and completely offensive to everyone on our campus. We are both angry and saddened that it was directed to our students or to anyone. The people responsible for this are reprehensible,” university officials said. “We have increased campus safety and are reaching out to support the affected students in every way we can, and want them to know that the entire Penn community stands with them.”

Investigators determined the account on the group messaging service was based in Oklahoma.

Officials say three individuals who are linked to the offensive group live in Oklahoma.

One of those individuals was identified as an OU student.

OU President David Boren temporarily suspended the student Friday night while officials continued to investigate his involvement in the incident.

On Tuesday, President Boren announced the OU student involved in the racist and violent messages at the University of Pennsylvania is no longer enrolled at the university.

“As our university has clearly demonstrated in the past, we have zero tolerance at this university for those who would engage in racism. We will maintain at our university a strong sense of community which values and respects every single student,” Boren said in a statement.

The identity of the student has not been released.




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