Louisiana State University Investigating Use of Racial Slurs

September 11, 2019

The Louisiana State University is investigating the use of racial slurs aimed at three students during the Aug. 31 season opener against Georgia Southern.

During the game a white male student, later identified by the school paper as a sophomore studying political science, turned around and shouted without provocation "get the fuck out ching chongs" at three Vietnamese-American female students.

The young women are all native to Louisiana, and said they were the only Asian students in that area of the packed student section at the time.

Christy Nguyen described the situation to NBC News as "embarrassing and crazy." Nguyen went on to say that everyone in the section froze, except for one female student who approached the friends to console them and provide a photo of the student who shouted the slurs.

Nguyen tweeted out pictures of the student along with what happened. In her tweet, Nguyen said that the perpetrator's friends did nothing to stop him.

Following reports of the incident, LSU gave the following statement to NBC News: "LSU has received the report and has been meeting with the students involved. The language and words used in this incident do not reflect who we are as a university and the welcoming environment we have created for students of all backgrounds."

"Regarding potential discipline or violations that could result from this investigation, we cannot discuss or disclose anything pertaining to an individual student as that is part of a student's federally protected educational record."

Nguyen and her friends Thao Ngo and Madaleine Vo told the student newspaper that they met with school administrators last week and were disappointed with the meeting. They described the meeting as more about how the community could react rather than finding a solution. They also said that they did not believe the university was handling the situation properly, which made them feel unwelcome.

According to the friends, a school administrator told them that the perpetrator's words were not threatening and were protected as free speech.

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