EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has suspended five football players after racist messages were shared on Snapchat.
The Leader-Telegram reports the messages in the Snapchat string included a picture of a cross burning at a Ku Klux Klan rally.READ MORE: Hastings Community Rallies In Support Of Child Outed As Transgender As Part Of School Board Election
The messages referred to the Black Male Empowerment group on campus. The user wrote, “For all who can’t make the BME meeting, (we) are holding WME tonight at 7,” referencing a nonexistent White Male Empowerment group.
UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt condemned the messages on Tuesday. In a tweet , Schmidt said, “Our campus will not tolerate this racist action.”READ MORE: Some Winter Equipment In Short Supply As Snowfall Heads For Minnesota
The Dean of Students’ office is investigating. Assistant Chancellor Mike Rindo said Wednesday the university cannot identify the suspended students because an investigation is ongoing.
Black Male Empowerment’s president tweeted the group will “stand up for our rights.”MORE NEWS: How Minnesotans Can 'Winterize' Their Cars For Winter Driving
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