Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Virginia State News

November 8, 2012

Tiny Va. college reports post-election unrest

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — About 40 students at Hampden-Sydney College shouted racial slurs, threw bottles and set off fireworks outside the Minority Student Union within minutes after President Barack Obama's re-election, officials of the tiny, all-male school said Thursday.

The disturbance late Tuesday and early Wednesday also included threats of physical violence, President Chris Howard said in an email to parents.

Members of the Minority Student Union notified campus police of the gathering outside their house. An investigation is under way.

"I am terribly disappointed with the students who participated in this harmful, senseless episode including those men who stood idly by and watched it happen," wrote Howard, the college's first African-American president. "There is no place for bigotry or racism on this campus."

Howard said offenders will be adjudicated by the campus justice system. They could face punishments ranging from probation to expulsion, he said.

The racially tinged incident is the second reported protest sparked by Obama's re-election. A protest at the University of Mississippi in Oxford late Tuesday involved about 400 people who shouted racial slurs. Two people were arrested.

Howard said nearly 300 members of the campus community gathered at a campus meeting Wednesday night to discuss what happened.

"There were a lot more at that town hall meeting denouncing what happened than the knuckleheads who were misbehaving terribly that night," Howard said in an interview. "We need to keep that in mind."

A spokesman for the college said the unrest escalated within minutes of the presidential race being called on television for Obama, with students leaving their residences and "expressing their disappointment." About 20 students were inside the house at the time and some left to peacefully confront the crowd, as did other students, spokesman Thomas H. Shomo said.

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