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NTU Promises Urgent Investigation Into Racist Abuse Claims Directed At Student

NTU Promises Urgent Investigation Into Racist Abuse Claims Directed At Student

Nottingham Trent University has launched an urgent investigation after the video of at least two men hurling racial abuse emerged on social media.

Rufaro Chisango tweeted video of the incident Wednesday, March 7, as it unfolded outside her bedroom at a Nottingham residence hall.

"Yoo I'm fuming, the way people in the same uni halls as me are chanting "we hate the blacks" outside my bedroom door", Chisango wrote.

"Words can not describe how sad this makes me feel, in this 2018 people think this is still acceptable", Chisango tweeted.

On Twitter she wrote: "Okay this happened Monday night, the video wasn't able to catch what else they were saying which was "blacks would go back to picking cotton".

On the footage, a group of men can be heard chanting "ooh-aah, fuck the blacks", "we hate the blacks" and "sign the Brexit papers". According to the BBC, they have both been suspended by Nottingham Trent University until the matter is resolved. "We are taking this extremely seriously and do not tolerate behaviour like this". "We are also supporting the complainant and her flatmates".

Nottingham Police also replied to the university student on Twitter, urging her to report the incident.

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"I told the reception and they said that this would be dealt with Tuesday morning, they took my details and told me they would inform me.it's Wednesday night and they haven't", Chisango said.

A Nottinghamshire Police spokesman said: "The incident is being treated as a hate crime".

The statement added: "We value being a diverse global community with staff and students from across the world".

In its statement, the university told CNN: "We are also working with our accommodation partner to understand why the University was only alerted to this on Wednesday evening after this was reported to them in the very early hours of Tuesday".

The Labour MP David Lammy said he was "absolutely horrified" by the footage.

Chisango complained that even though the incident took place on Monday and was reported to the hall of residence management immediately, the university did not take action for two days. "All my love and solidarity ... my heart breaks for this young woman and I have the utmost respect for her bravery in speaking out". She said she is the only black person on her floor in the student dorm.