Student suspended after "American Sniper" remarks

4 years 6 months 4 weeks ago Wednesday, March 18 2015 Mar 18, 2015 Wednesday, March 18, 2015 3:31:00 PM CDT March 18, 2015 in News
By: Hanna Knutson, Jacob Kornhauser KOMU 8 News Digital Producers
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COLUMBIA - A University of Missouri student is suspended after being accused of making harassing and hostile remarks directed toward another student. The remarks were related to the recent discussion concerning the showing of the controversial Clint Eastwood movie, "American Sniper" on campus.

Muslim students were reportedly planning on protesting the movie and a confrontation led to Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin suspending a student.

Loftin released a statement Wednesday saying, "I have determined it is in the best interest of the university community to temporarily suspend a student who has been identified by University of Missouri Police as the student who allegedly made harassing and hostile remarks aimed at another Mizzou student."

The student will be suspended until the formal student conduct process is complete. The student's behavior will be forwarded to the Boone County Prosecutor's office for review of potential criminal charges. 

Protests were spurred by a letter sent to the Maneater, University of Missouri's student-run newspaper, written by former Muslim Student Organization President Farah El-Jayyousi. El-Jayyousi called the movie propaganda.

Information about the suspended student has not been released by the university.

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