MU students report racial harassment, town hall meeting scheduled in response

2 years 4 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, September 28 2016 Sep 28, 2016 Wednesday, September 28, 2016 11:23:00 AM CDT September 28, 2016 in News
By: Laura Barczewski, KOMU 8 Reporter, Steve Lambson, KOMU 8 Content Manager and Tyler Emery, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
loading

COLUMBIA - The Legion of Black Collegians, a student organization at the University of Missouri, reported two of its members being racially harassed late Tuesday.

A statement by LBC on Wednesday said a group of white males and females walked past members of the Legion's activities committee, with one of the females yelling a racial slur. Other Legion members joined the two students out of safety concerns, and MU police approached them to see what was going on. This apparently happened near the Delta Upsilon fraternity.

At that point, according to the LBC's statement, some Delta Upsilon members started shouting other racial slurs and obscenities while recording what was happening.

LBC's statement claims MU police then tried to restrain the Legion members instead of the alleged harassers, with one officer apparently "using excessive verbal force WITH his hand on his gun."

LBC scheduled a town hall meeting for Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. to discuss what happened. Members also posted an offer for counseling on the group's Twitter account.

Dr. Stephanie Shonekan, an MU Black Studies professor, said the students are currently trying to process everything that happened and what it all means for the future.

"Every time something like this happens it takes us back spiraling down in history. All of the history becomes present again," Shonekan said.

Students on campus were also very concerned about the incident and felt unsafe.

"I'm in the middle of farm town Missouri, and I'm black. I mean inherently I feel uneasy when I'm walking around. I feel safer at home in St. Louis downtown, in the city, than I do in Columbia right now," Craymon Mays said. 

Other students are upset because they feel like the past is repeating it self.

"I was honestly kind of upset to hear about it. After last year, I thought that we were taking steps to improve and kind of fix everything that happened. It's just kind of sad to hear that that's just not taking as much of effect as we thought it would," Elizabeth Etling said.

MU officials released a statement in response to the statement from LBC. They said The Office of Civil Rights and Title IX as well as the Office of Student Conduct had been notified.

According to the statement, Interim Vice Chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Kevin McDonald is reaching out to the students affected by the incident. The MU Counseling Center staff is also reaching out. 

The statement included a response from Interim Chancellor Hank Foley:

“I am outraged and saddened to hear of this! The safety and security of our campus is our No. 1 priority; the University of Missouri is committed to fostering an inclusive campus environment where all students, faculty, staff and visitors can live, learn, work and feel safe,” said Hank Foley, interim chancellor. “We have zero tolerance for actions like this; if any student is found in violation of the Student Code and/or the University’s nondiscrimination policies, they will be subject to discipline, up to and including suspension and/or expulsion. As we have stated, this is a new day on campus and we take our core values of Respect, Responsibility, Discovery and Excellence seriously.”

KOMU 8 News reached out to MU police for an official police report of the incident. 

[Editor's note: This story has been updated to include the most recent information.]

Related Stories

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - It's been 50 years since a historic moment occurred on MU's campus Community members met Saturday... More >>
2 hours ago Saturday, February 16 2019 Feb 16, 2019 Saturday, February 16, 2019 10:41:00 PM CST February 16, 2019 in News
OXFORD, MISS. - The Missouri Tigers fell short in Saturday's game against Mississippi, losing 75-65. The Tigers made the... More >>
3 hours ago Saturday, February 16 2019 Feb 16, 2019 Saturday, February 16, 2019 10:03:00 PM CST February 16, 2019 in Sports
COLUMBIA - City plow crews are continuing to clear snow covered streets as they prepare for more winter weather overnight.... More >>
4 hours ago Saturday, February 16 2019 Feb 16, 2019 Saturday, February 16, 2019 9:08:00 PM CST February 16, 2019 in News
STURGEON - A judge ordered the city of Sturgeon to reinstate Greg Halderman as its police chief, according to court... More >>
8 hours ago Saturday, February 16 2019 Feb 16, 2019 Saturday, February 16, 2019 5:05:00 PM CST February 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - One person is dead after a pair of crashes Saturday afternoon. Jordan E. Hoyt, 37, died after... More >>
8 hours ago Saturday, February 16 2019 Feb 16, 2019 Saturday, February 16, 2019 4:29:00 PM CST February 16, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa opened up the grounds of the Governor's Mansion on Saturday... More >>
9 hours ago Saturday, February 16 2019 Feb 16, 2019 Saturday, February 16, 2019 4:13:00 PM CST February 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA – Money raised at the 14 th annual Rootin’ Tootin’ Chili Cookoff on Saturday afternoon will benefit the Columbia... More >>
9 hours ago Saturday, February 16 2019 Feb 16, 2019 Saturday, February 16, 2019 3:42:00 PM CST February 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Even with slick sidewalks and snowy roads, runners still showed up for Mizzou's Rockin' Against Multiple Sclerosis 5K... More >>
10 hours ago Saturday, February 16 2019 Feb 16, 2019 Saturday, February 16, 2019 2:54:00 PM CST February 16, 2019 in News
(CNN) -- Sixty-three more people have been infected with salmonella linked to raw turkey products in an outbreak that began... More >>
12 hours ago Saturday, February 16 2019 Feb 16, 2019 Saturday, February 16, 2019 12:27:00 PM CST February 16, 2019 in News
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of... More >>
17 hours ago Saturday, February 16 2019 Feb 16, 2019 Saturday, February 16, 2019 7:25:00 AM CST February 16, 2019 in News
SARCOXIE, Mo. (AP) — The Jasper County prosecutor on Thursday charged a 23-year-old English teacher at Sarcoxie High School with... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 9:56:18 PM CST February 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Battle High School's Girls Wrestling team will make history by competing in the first high school girls state... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 8:56:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The first snow system has come to an end and two more are on the way in less... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 8:25:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in Weather
COLUMBIA - Despite the treacherous conditions, some people have no choice but to drive in weather like Friday's. "My... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 6:48:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — The Humane Society of Missouri rescued 21 dogs and 21 cats from a property in western Missouri Friday.... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 5:42:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Another winter blast hit Missouri Friday, causing multiple accidents, closing schools and leaving highway experts... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 4:03:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in Top Stories
CALLAWAY COUNTY - A traffic stop for following too close led to troopers seizing oxycodone, THC wax, shatter, a product... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 3:04:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Ameren Missouri said several thousand jobs will be created as part of an effort to upgrade its... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 1:49:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in Top Stories
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 28°
2am 30°
3am 30°
4am 30°
5am 30°