RUSTON, La. (KNOE 8 News & La. Tech.) – The Louisiana Tech Police Department and university are investigating a social media post allegedly made by a student with racially insensitive and threatening remarks. Louisiana Tech’s Director of Communications says university officials immediately began looking into the source and intent of the message when they were alerted Wednesday night.
In the Snapchat post, shared widely on social media, the student made a racial slur against students in a history class and allegedly threatened the life of a black female student.
Tech officials say they take these remarks very seriously and they do not tolerate deliberate attempts to intimidate students, faculty or staff. They say they are actively investigating the matter and they will take all necessary steps and corrective measures to ensure they continue to provide an open and secure learning environment for the entire campus community.
The following is Louisiana Tech’s official statement re: the social media incident that occurred this week.
“Upon learning of this social media post Wednesday evening, the Louisiana Tech Police Department along with university officials immediately began looking into the source and intent of the message. It should be clear that Louisiana Tech University takes racially-insensitive or threatening remarks very seriously and does not tolerate deliberate attempts to intimidate students, faculty or staff, or to incite violent behavior. We are actively investigating this matter and will take the necessary steps to ensure that we continue to provide an open and secure learning environment for our entire campus community.”
Here’s the Friday morning email from Louisiana Tech President Les Guice to all students, faculty and staff.
“At the heart of a university is the opportunity for people from different cultures and backgrounds to come together in an open and safe environment to share ideas, perspectives and viewpoints without fear of ridicule or reprisal. However, recent comments made on social media have compromised this security and freedom of expression.
Given these recent social media comments, I want to be clear that I take any and all reports of intimidation, racially insensitive remarks, or attempts to incite violent behavior very seriously. We are actively investigating this matter and will take the necessary steps and corrective measures to ensure that we continue to provide an open and secure learning environment for our entire campus community. Make no mistake, Louisiana Tech does not tolerate students, faculty or staff who deliberately or implicitly threatens others, and will investigate thoroughly any reports of these behaviors. That being said, we have a responsibility as an institution to do our due diligence in any investigation, and to take the necessary time and steps to collect information in order to take the most appropriate actions.
I believe that every student at Louisiana Tech has something special to offer his and her classmates. Through each person’s background and experiences, there are learning opportunities that we are afforded, both in times of agreement and in times of conflict. Thank you for your feedback and for sharing your concerns with me. I am proud to serve you and to work together to create and preserve a peaceful and productive campus environment.”
Leslie K. Guice
Louisiana Tech University