Texas A&M Students Under Investigation For Harassing Visiting High School Students
A group of students from Uplift Hampton Preparatory received a visit from Texas A&M leaders a week after 60 of them had an unpleasant visit at the Dallas school, with the largely black and latino group being subjected to racial taunts and intimidation, according to NY Daily News reports.
The kids were initially targeted by a white woman, believed to be a Texas A&M student, who approached two black female students visiting from Uplift Hampton and asked them what they thought of her Confederate flag earrings.
The group also reported that other students yelled racial slurs and some shouted at them to leave for “where they came from.”
Hampton Prep junior Terquarie Wilson told CBS DFW that the experience was an “eye opener” and that he believed some of the issues stemmed from one of his classmates carrying a University of Texas Austin bag.
Texas A&M has identified some of the students involved but haven’t revealed if any punishments have been doled out.
University President Michael Young said he visited the high schoolers in Dallas because he “wanted to tell them how deeply sorry I was, and how sorry many people were, about what happened.”
He added that he was “tremendously impressed” with the calm manner in which the teens handled themselves.
Young said that investigation into those who harassed the prep students, which is paralleled by a police inquiry, will likely conclude in less than a week.
Texas State Sen. Royce West, of Dallas, was present at Tuesday’s meeting with Young and has called for the A&M students involved to be expelled.
A letter-writing campaign organized by A&M’s student government where thousands of current Aggies apologized to their potential future classmates and said that the harassment does not represent what most students think.
Nearly 60% of Texas A&M students are “white only” according to data released by Texas A&M. Only 3.6% of the student body is black, while 19.5% is Hispanic or Latino.
We know Young was trying to pay the kids a compliment when he commended them for their “calm manner” but we couldn’t help but think about when people say black folks are so well spoken.
What would you do if your kid experienced something like this?