Student At University Of South Carolina Suspended After Racial Slur Photo Goes Viral

| by Dominic Kelly

After a photo of a student writing a racial slur on a whiteboard at the University of South Carolina (USC) went viral, an individual has officially been suspended.

In the viral image, a woman can be seen writing on a whiteboard with a red marker. The student appears to be adding to a list of reasons why the school’s Wi-Fi service isn’t good, and the first on the list is simply the N-word.

The photo quickly started to spread and sparked outrage among students and people on the Internet, and now, school administration confirms that the student has been suspended.

“Today, the unfortunate and disappointing act of a student in a study room has challenged the Carolina community to reflect on our values and tell the world what we believe," University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides said in a statement. "Respect for all is at the heart of the Carolinian Creed, the code by which we agree to abide. Racist and uncivil rhetoric have no place at the University of South Carolina. We have taken appropriate actions to suspend a student and begin code of conduct investigations.”

It’s unclear what exactly prompted the photo and whether or not the woman pictured writing on the board is the one that was suspended, but online users identified the woman before her Twitter account was ultimately deleted. The girl has reportedly received threats since the photo has gone viral, although USC has yet to identify her publicly.

The school reaffirmed their position on the issue by taking to Twitter to write, “Respect for all and the @UofSCCreed are our #UofSC values. Racism and incivility are not tolerated. Situation being investigated.”

Sources: USA Today, The State / Photo Sources: USA Today, Wikimedia Commons