Two undergraduate students have been arrested following vile racist chanting that was directed at a female undergraduate student at Nottingham Trent University. The University has also subsequently suspended the duo. Footage of the incident was captured and shared by the victimised student – Rufaro Chisango. Chants directed at Chisango included ‘we hate blacks’. As seen below, the footage was shared via Twitter. The video includes some distressing words and footage.
This follows an earlier report that stated two 18-year old men had been arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offences. The two individuals were also suspended by the University. While one was cleared, another – Joe Tivnan, was charged. Another undergraduate – Lauren Leigh, was also charged over the incident.
Many have criticised the slow response of the University to such a distressing incident. Chisango says she informed her halls of residence reception team of the incident on Monday, though by Wednesday she hadn’t heard anything. The footage was shared, which led to a public outcry.
There has been mass support for Chisango on Twitter – with many praising her for sharing the footage.
As seen below, Nottinghamshire Police contacted Chisango. It appears that a swift investigation took place, with the two suspected perpetrators now having been arrested.
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Chisango thanked those who had supported her. Hopefully justice will be done during investigations.