Exeter students cause outrage by wearing high-vis jackets saying 'I love rape' and 'F*ck the Syrians'
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Last week students from Exeter University went on a pub crawl wearing hi-vis jackets with "I love rape", "Fuck the Syrians" and swastikas drawn all over them.
The students were from the Camborne School of Mines (CSM) - which is a part of the University of Exeter's Falmouth campus - and were enjoying a night out dressed in the protective clothing that they're given as a part of their course which they then drew on for 'banter'.
Seemingly fearing repercussions for their actions, messages were sent in the CSM committee’s group chat the day after the night out, telling members that if they want to ‘stay safe’ they shouldn’t wear the offensive jackets again and should ‘destroy any high-vis tops’. Screenshots of the messages were sent to The Tab Falmouth who verified their authenticity.
Posting anonymously on the Facebook page ‘Penryn Campus Fitfinder’ one student said: “Apologies to anyone offended by the CSM social last night, we've always been disliked by the rest of campus but some people went too far last night.”
This isn’t the first time a society at Exeter has caused a scandal - last year the snow sports society held an event for freshers which saw students wearing t-shirts with racist and anti-semitic comments on them. One t-shirt had “Don’t speak to me if you’re not white” and “The Holocaust was a good time” written on the back.
A spokesperson from the University of Exeter apologised for the offence the students on the CSM social caused and revealed the university has launched an investigation into the “unacceptable actions”.
In a statement the spokesperson said:
“The University of Exeter and the Falmouth and Exeter Students Union (FXU) have a zero-tolerance policy towards racist, misogynist or similarly highly-offensive behaviour of any form.”
“As soon as we were made aware of this incident we sought immediately to identify the students and organisers involved and demanded that all offensive material be removed.”
“An investigation was launched immediately and the consequences for anyone found to have breached our code of conduct will be determined by our disciplinary processes.”