A West Virginia University (WVU) student is no longer associated with his former fraternity and could face disciplinary action from the school after a video showing him using a slur toward a black waitress at a nightclub appeared online last night.
The Daily Athenaeum, WVU’s independent news source, identified the student as Menos Hiras, former member of Theta Chi Fraternity. Hiras, who is reportedly a WVU political science student, allegedly took video of himself using a slur from his Snapchat account and posted it to Twitter. His Twitter account has since been deleted.
Theta Chi responded with a statement on Twitter announcing that Hiros was “no longer affiliated with our fraternity.”
On behalf of the Theta Chi Alpha Kappa Chapter… pic.twitter.com/1Fa1w4qaTF
— Theta Chi (@ThetaChi_WVU) February 12, 2018
The university issued an official statement, which says, in part, that they are “aware of a student’s personal Snapchat social media post within the last several hours that uses inflammatory, racist language.”
That statement also says that the university has “notified Snapchat and other platforms of the offensive nature of the video, and is communicating its support to the targeted individual. The University is also reviewing potential violations of the Student Code of Conduct.”
The WVU SGA also issued a statement:
We MUST do more to reject hate and embrace love. It pains me to see intolerance like this on our campus. We can never tolerate racism. Period. pic.twitter.com/AAWx5yCwvF
— Shannon (@_shannnsmith) February 12, 2018
The Daily Athenaeum deleted the video of student Menos Hiras using slurs and will use this screenshot to refer to the video instead. This is an ongoing story and will continued to be updated. pic.twitter.com/m6mMn8AW0g
— The Daily Athenaeum (@DailyAthenaeum) February 12, 2018
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