Two teenagers who were planning to attend Missouri State University this fall have decided to withdraw. The withdrawal comes after they were involved in what MSU is calling racially charged incidents on social media.
MSU president, Clif Smart, released a statement Tuesday in which he said his first impulse was to rescind the offer of admission to the students. But he said, as a public university, MSU is legally required to uphold the principles of free speech embodied in the Constitution.
Smart said these students as well as many people “are in desperate need of education, training and experiences that will help us develop cultural consciousness and cultural competence.”
According to Smart, the university had planned to allow them to attend in the fall under the condition that they participate in additional education and training “to help them understand the impact of their actions and in developing cultural competence.” But the students, both 18, decided to withdraw.
Read Smart's statement here.