College student’s N-word tirade prompts online uproar

Racist comments made on Twitter by two college students, including one from William Paterson University, caused an uproar among their peers and university officials.

The videos, seen by more than 40,000 people, were swiftly condemned by William Paterson and Penn State University in statements posted on Twitter Sunday.  

The videos depict a student, who is white, decked out in Penn State attire shouting the n-word several times on an elevator. That same student is seen in the background of a second video repeating the n-word as another student, who is also white, asks Twitter users to vote in a poll on whether it’s appropriate to say the n-word if it’s a lyric in a song.

One of the students is a member of a sorority at William Paterson University. 

The school released a statement on Sunday.

Penn State also released a statement addressing the comments:

The videos were posted by Twitter user Seun, who identifies himself as an activist and Penn State student. He said on Twitter that one of the girls posted the videos online. 

His original tweet, which was retweeted more than 670 times as of Sunday evening, prompted other Twitter users to chime in on the comments made by the students.  

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