Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Student in Freddie Gray Halloween costume faces heat from CofC's Black Student Union

College president Glenn McConnell says he is "extremely disappointed"

Posted by Adam Manno on Tue, Oct 31, 2017 at 9:11 AM

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Photos of students in questionable party attire spurred a flurry of social media call-outs that led to statements from the College of Charleston's president and the Black Student Union on Monday.

Two alleged College of Charleston students have been identified after tweets demanding their names popped up as early as Oct. 28.

In one photo, a student is accused of captioning a photo of fellow CofC student — pictured in an orange jumpsuit reading "Freddie Gray" — with the words "ur going to jail tonight."

Gray was a 25-year-old Baltimore resident who died on April 19, 2015, a week after suffering a spinal injury while in police custody. The death was cited as "a medical emergency" that happened while Gray was being transported in a police van. A state prosecutor later deemed the arrest illegal.

Other photos feature a high school student dressed in orange captioned with a racial epithet, another one shows a student with a racial epithet scribbled on his back.

The rest of the photos feature kids allegedly from Baltimore-area private schools.

CofC's Black Student Union posted a statement on Monday listing the number of times Black students have felt targeted on campus, and urging "dignified actions against acts of white supremacy." They also called for the "indefinite expulsion" of the CofC students.

"More than 500 Americans have lost their lives to police brutality this year alone," the Black Student Union wrote in the post. "The actions taken by these students are a mockery of these lives and those who are grieving."

In a statement posted on Monday, CofC president Glenn McConnell assured that the photos do not reflect the college's values. He then urged his students to think twice about what they wear this Halloween.

"If you have the slightest doubt if your costume/party theme is insensitive, be smart and don’t do it," he said.

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