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Police arrest two students for shouting racial slurs on campus

The students were arrested for committing ‘ridicule’

Two students at the University of Connecticut were arrested on Monday in connection with their having walked through campus yelling an offensive racial slur, a controversy which has shaken the campus and led to student outrage and protests.

The students, identified by campus police as Jarred Karal and Ryan Mucaj, both 21, are reportedly the individuals depicted on a recent social media video walking through a campus parking lot and shouting “nigger,” WVIT reports.

The video, widely shared on social media, caused students to protest on the campus and demand that the university take some sort of action in response to the incident.

A school spokesman said that the university “is taking this matter very seriously.”

From the report:

On Monday, students gathered for a passionate meeting hosted by the NAACP UConn chapter.

They raised their questions and concerns about what they see as a culture of racism, on and off campus.

“To just experience that on a daily basis and then having something that gets out to the public that everybody can see and understand it’s really impactful for the rest of us,” said UConn freshman Mason Holland.

“It is supportive of our core values to pursue accountability, through due process, for an egregious assault on our community that has caused considerable harm. I’m grateful for the university’s collective effort in responding to this incident, especially the hard work of the UConn Police Department, which has been investigating the case since it was reported,” President Thomas C. Katsouleas said in a statement on Monday.

In addition to the criminal charges brought against the students, the school is undertaking an administrative investigation.

Read the report here.

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