A Texas Christian University student has been hit with serious academic penalties because of offensive comments he made online over the last academic year.
TCU informed Harry Vincent, 19, earlier this month that it has upheld his suspension, which restricts the rising sophomore’s activity on campus to attending class – and that’s about it.
“I do feel that I’ve been unfairly punished,” Vincent told NBCDFW by phone Wednesday from his home in Maryland.
TCU sent Vincent a letter in late April, informing the then-freshman that he had been accused of violating two Student Code of Conduct provisions, specifically “infliction of bodily or emotional harm” and “disorderly conduct.”
The complaints came to the university from a Tumblr user in Maryland who took offense to several tweets Vincent sent out via Twitter, including:
- “#Baltimore in 4 words: poor uneducated druggy hoodrats”
- “This is clearly not a religion of peace. Stop islam 2k15, enough is enough! @BarackObama needs to step up and take action”
- “Almost as tan as a terrorist. Going to be thoroughly disappointed if I’m not racially profiled on my trip to gulf shores.”
“My posts were not intended to offend anyone,” Vincent said. “And I apologize to anyone if they did.”
SOURCE: Ben Russell
NBC 5 DFW