What is it with people and Snapchat, lately?
Since NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the National Anthem to protest the police killings of unarmed black men, a number of players have joined in, staging their own pre-game displays of solidarity. These displays have generated a great deal of support. They have also have their detractors. However, the method one student employed to express disagreement cost him or her dearly.
A freshman at Belmont University in Nashville, TN found out that freedom of speech does not equal freedom from consequence. The unnamed student took offense to the protest of of three Philadelphia Eagles players at a recent game and posted the Snapchat photo with a caption that referred to them as n-words and saying they all needed a “d*mn bullet in their head.”
As the post made its rounds, some person or persons recognized the sender as a Belmont student and forwarded the post to the university’s administration. On Tuesday morning, the school announced that it had begun and investigation into the incident. It took little time for the investigation to conclude because, by that afternoon, the university announced that the student was expelled.
Belmont issued this statement in regards to the incident:
“After investigating a racist social media post that surfaced earlier today, we can report that the person involved is no longer a student at Belmont. The university rejects comments rooted in racism or bigotry. As a Christian institution, it is our goal to build a diverse and inclusive community where all members feel accepted, safe and valued.”