Texas A&M President Michael K. Young said the university will investigate after a video that contained racial slurs and appeared to feature a Texas A&M student went viral over the weekend.
Young released a statement late Monday afternoon admonishing the video.
“This behavior is abhorrent and against the core values that we share and to which we aspire in all we do, including those of respect, excellence and integrity,” Young said in the statement.
The video shows a man pointing to chalkboards that display several slang variations of a racial slur, while describing their meanings. The top of one chalkboard reads “TAMU ’22.” While the video was originally shot on the social media platform Snapchat, a Twitter user recorded the video and posted it to Twitter, asking Aggies to find the person featured in the video. The official A&M Twitter account replied to the post, saying A&M officials will investigate.
According to Young’s statement, the Student Conduct office will lead the investigation. The outcome of the investigation will not be made public due to its protection by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, but those responsible “will be held accountable,” the statement said.
“The importance of inclusion and diversity at Texas A&M can’t be overstated,” Young said in the statement. “As a leading institution of higher education, we are the vanguard in affecting positive change. We are called upon to lead our communities and make a difference. This change is essential in our ability to thrive and grow as our world diversifies around us. We must respond with the essential core value of respect in all that we do.”
The person in the video issued a written apology Monday night, according to KBTX-TV.
“In hindsight, I realize what I said and did was wrong and very hurtful to many,” the television station quoted the person, identifying him only as a Texas A&M student. “I am extremely sorry from the bottom of my heart, as this is not who I was raised to be, and not who I want to be. ... I am deeply sorry.”
Individuals who witness forms of hate speech or prejudice at A&M are encouraged to file a report at stophate.tamu.edu.
“Throughout our campus, there are so many Aggies representing the best of who we are in serving, loving and respecting each other,” Young said in the statement. “Incidents like this hit us at our core. To be clear, those who champion those beliefs represented in this video are not welcomed at Texas A&M University.”