No Charges for Students Behind Racial Slurs at Texas A&M

Juniors at Uplift Hampton Preparatory said Texas A&M students approached them during a tour and shouted a racial slur.

No charges will be filed after an incident at Texas A&M University in which black high school students touring campus reported hearing racial slurs and taunts.

The university said Wednesday that police have concluded their investigation into the Feb. 9 incident. As a result, one student is no longer with the school; however, it is unclear if the student left voluntarily or was expelled.

“The law does not permit us to publicly disclose information associated with the Dean of Student Life investigation other than to say that one of the many students interviewed is no longer associated with Texas A&M University,” wrote TAMU President Michael Young in a statement released to the school community.

During a college tour, junior students from Uplift Hampton Preparatory said a Texas A&M student approached them and asked them to look at her Confederate flag earrings. 

Other white students reportedly shouted, "Go back where you came from" and used a slur.

The incident drew harsh condemnation from Young, TAMU students and state Sen. Royce West, who called for the expulsion of those involved in the incident.

Royce praised the university Wednesday for its investigation and efforts to improve race relations on campus.

According to Young, incoming students will now attend mandatory diversity seminars, one of several changes in response to the incident. 

"As we all reflect on the various events on our campus, and those around the country over the past few months, it is impossible to ignore the importance of the principles of inclusion and diversity," Young wrote. "As a leading institution of higher education, we are the vanguard in affecting positive change in the attitudes and actions of future generations. We are called upon to lead our communities and make a difference because the consequences of such acts are intolerable."

In response to the completion of the investigation, Uplift President Yasmin Bhatia thanked the university for its "transparency" in the investigation.

"Moving beyond this incident, we hope the issue of inclusion continues to be a priority for A&M and the other larger higher education institutions in the state, as we unfortunately know this is not an isolated incident on just one campus," wrote Bhatia in a statement.

Uplift plans to host a symposium on April 22nd for its K-12 students to examine inclusion and race issues on college campuses.

"Our country and our future can only be stronger through all students being successful," said Bhatia. "Uplift Education looks forward to being part of a broader solution."

NBC 5's Caroline Connolly contributed to this report.

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