The Citadel investigating Snapchat post captioned with 'racist statements'

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Citadel officials say they are investigating a social media post with "abhorrent racist statements" they were notified about Wednesday morning.

It shows a Snapchat caption containing a racial slur with someone in a Citadel t-shirt also in the photo. The caption claims someone referred to with an obscenity and a derogatory racial slur stole a bicycle that had been borrowed from a friend.

The post appears to have been deleted, but a screen capture was posted by a third party to Twitter and that tweet tagged The Citadel's official account.

"The internet is an open place where you can say what you want but it doesn't mean you can use language like that that is so hurtful to so many people," Charleston resident John Pieper said. "When you represent the Citadel or any school or job, you can't use language like that. He should be asked to leave the Citadel and apologize publicly."

"For anyone to say that and be divisive is not the way we need our community to go," Charleston resident Blythe Penna said. "He could be expelled for a period of time and maybe come back and do some sort of community service."

"Stuff like that should have been left when slavery went away," Charleston resident Shante Lewis said. She said the post hurt her directly. "Really depressing for me to see stuff like that. I really feel something should be done. If not, it seems like it's okay for them to say things like that. Expulsion. Have to be expelled. That's the only way we're going to get the message across that this will not be tolerated."

When asked about the post, The Citadel issued this statement from President Lt. John Rosa:

This morning I became aware of a disturbing social media post, which included abhorrent racist statements. These statements represent the exact opposite of The Citadel's core values of Honor, Duty and Respect that we teach and expect from the entire Citadel family.

The Citadel's leadership team is investigating this incident and is taking appropriate action in accordance with the college's rules and regulations. Over the past several years, we've worked hard to advance The Citadel's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We will learn from this incident and continue our work, which is critical to our institution.

The Snapchat post is still under investigation by Citadel administration.This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

"I just hope stuff like this stops, that's all I can say," Lewis said. "Enough is enough."

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