Texas A&M University officials are taking immediate steps to address an on-campus racial incident.
The university’s president and chancellor met with a group of black and Latino high school students who were reportedly taunted by several white university students while visiting the campus last week, the Washington Post reports.
Texas Sen. Royce West said in a statement, posted on NBCDFW.com, that 60 juniors from Uplift Hampton Preparatory were touring the campus as prospective students. He was told that a white female student asked two of the African-American female high schoolers their opinion of her earrings—which were Confederate flag replicas.
A nearby group of white A&M college students joined in, telling the visiting group that they should “go back where you come from.” The senator added that the white students also hurled racial epithets.
Texas A&M officials are investigating the incident, according to the Post. In the meantime, the university’s president, Michael Young, and chancellor, John Sharp, met with the high school students Tuesday to apologize personally.
In a statement, published by the Texas Tribune, Young said they wanted to meet directly with the high school group to express their sorrow and regret about the encounter.
He added, via the Tribune:
“I wanted them to know that doesn’t represent the values that we really hold dear at A&M. Also, we wanted to tell them we were tremendously impressed with them and how proud of them we are in terms of how they reacted — and that they are precisely the kinds of students we’d love to see enrolling.”
According to the Post, the university’s student body president, Joseph Benigno, helped to launch a letter-writing campaign. The students plan to send 10,000 letters to the Uplift Hampton visitors, telling them that the incident does not reflect the character and attitude of most Texas A&M students.
SOURCE: Washington Post | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty