A student at Georgia Southern University was reportedly fired from her restaurant job after classmates called the business to complain about a Facebook post in which she criticized Black Lives Matter activists.
Emily Faz, a senior at the university, came under fire after she shared a Nov. 14 article from The Washington Times on Facebook, which was accompanied by her own comments.
Along with the article, titled "Mizzou protesters, Black Lives Matter complain Paris attacks stole their headlines," Faz wrote: "I swear if I see this BS at Southern I'll make you regret even knowing what a movement or a hashtag is, and you'll walk away with your tail tucked."
The post quickly went viral and was denounced by some students who considered the comment to be a threat, The Washington Times reports. Numerous social media users accused Faz of being a racist and called for her expulsion.
One Twitter user posted the phone number of Wild Wings Cafe, the restaurant at which Faz worked.
She was reportedly fired from the restaurant, and could possibly face disciplinary action from the university.
Georgia Southern University Interim President Jean Bartels acknowledged the calls for disciplinary action against Faz and said that while the school takes threats very seriously, the university is not authorized to punish students for free speech.
Faz took to Facebook again on Nov. 20 to defend herself after the incident, according to the Daily Mail.
She wrote in her Facebook post:
"I'm a Hispanic and white, and probably other things in between but that did not stop people from telling me today that my [Facebook post] had everything to do with my skin color but my words had nothing to do with theirs. My status addressed the hate and misguided movement that the Mizzou students were promoting."
The university's NAACP chapter staged a walkout to begin a conversation about the issues raised in Faz's post, WJCL reported.
"This is not necessarily in response to the comments the young lady made," NAACP 2nd Vice President Jamar Boyd told WJCL. "It's to show that the black student population does matter."
"I think it’s important to know the difference between freedom of speech and a threat," walkout participant Kayanna Tate said, according to the Daily Mail. "And it seems like when it comes from a white student at this school, that sometimes the line is being blurred because of who it comes from."