Texas College Student Suspended over Tweets

Dylan Baddour, Houston Chronicle, August 5, 2015

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The Fort Worth Star Telegram reports 19-year-old Harry Vincent will be barred from living on campus, attending sports games or participating in his fraternity until he graduates from Texas Christian University in 2018.

Vincent, a Maryland native, told Fox News he felt he was being subjugated for his conservative views, and was considering leaving the Fort Worth school.

The comments in question were posted in April, days after rioters in Baltimore set buildings ablaze in reaction to the unexplained death of a black man in police custody. “#Baltimore in 4 words: poor uneducated druggy hoodrats,” he tweeted.

Later he wrote on Facebook, “These hoodrat criminals in Baltimore need to be shipped off and exiled to the sahara [sic] desert. Maybe then they’ll realize how much we provide for them (welfare, college tuition, Obama phone’s [sic], medicare, etc.)”

He also tweeted comments generalizing all Muslims with ISIS, used the phrase “tan as a terrorist” and a derogatory term for people from Mexico. All appear to have been removed from Twitter.

The comments were brought to light by another social media user, the Star-Telegram reports, who posted on her Tumblr page that Vincent had “been posting racist and disgusting comments.”

“You can email TCU and tell them that he’s shedding a bad light on their university,” she wrote, providing email and phone number for the Texas school.

The school received the feedback and levied discipline against Vincent, suspending him. But he alleged his rights were being violated and promised to fight.

“They’re trying to make me out to be the classic bigoted hateful white male,” he told Fox News. “That’s the complete opposite of what I am.”

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