MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNW) – Kansas State University was very quick to respond to a post that they immediately condemned as “racist.”
The snapchat picture shows the now former student and another girl, who we are told is not affiliated with the university, wearing dark facial mask.
The caption on Snapchat, which we have decided to blur, said “feels good to finally be a –“ and then refers to the “n word.”
As soon as K-State got wind of the post, officials immediately stepped in, saying the university does not condone this type of inappropriate behavior.
Here’s what we know.
According to K-State, the former student posted the picture on Snapchat. Someone then took a screen shot and shared it on social media, tagging the university in the photo.
K-state took swift action, responding to the incident. The Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Pat Bosco said in a statement Thursday that the photo has students, faculty staff and other members of the K-State family upset.
“K-State prides itself on being one family, no matter your race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or abilities,” said Bosco. “All members of the K-State family deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.”
The K-State’s interim Associate Provost for Diversity, Zelia Wiley, also issued a statement Thursday saying, in part, “such messages on social media are harmful to all.”
We also learned that the former student in the picture was a member of K-State’s Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. The sorority also made it very clear that the girl is no longer associated with the organization, saying her words do not reflect their values.
We have become aware that a former member of our chapter has posted racist comments on her social media channels. While she did join the Beta Upsilon Chapter at Kansas State University in 2013, she was expelled from the chapter and is no longer affiliated with the organization. Her words and actions certainly do not reflect the values and principles of Zeta Tau Alpha. Our Creed teaches us to look for the good in everyone and to seek understanding in order to gain true wisdom. Our Fraternity’s membership includes women of many races, nationalities and religions and we all strive to seek the noblest in every endeavor.
The Campus Climate Response Team is actively responding to this incident. The university says it will offer support services to any students affected and it will contact the people involved.