COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX)- Texas A&M President Michael K. Young says “those found responsible will be held accountable” in a response to a short social media video that shows white students using offensive and racist language.
It’s unclear where and when the video was taken, but it was shared on a Snapchat account and then posted on Twitter on Friday, June 28.
In the video, several variations of the n-word are scribbled on blackboards as a white student holding an empty beer bottle uses offensive language to describe children of mixed races.
The same student is also heard saying “they’re everywhere” as another student points to the n-word on the wall under the words “TAMU ’22”. A third student is also briefly seen on the video as a Drake song is heard in the background.
The 37-second clip has now been widely shared on several social media platforms.
“This behavior is abhorrent and against the core values that we share and to which we aspire in all we do, including those of respect, excellence, and integrity,” said President Young.
Click here to read the full statement posted Monday by President Young.
“This incident will be investigated through the Student Conduct office. While outcomes are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and cannot be made public by the University, those found responsible will be held accountable,” he said.
A petition posted Monday on Change.org has already received more than 400 signatures asking that one of the students in the video be reprimanded.
“He and others around him need to understand the blatant racism and hatred they displayed,” said Morgan Gimblet, the creator of the petition.