11 students suspended from University of Warwick after rape jokes emerge

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Students at a leading UK university have been suspended after screenshots of a group messenger chat emerged in which users joked about rape and used racial slurs.

The University of Warwick has suspended 11 male students pending a disciplinary investigation after the remarks came to light.

Screenshots showed one chat member wrote: "Rape her friends too," with another replying: "Sometimes it's fun to just go wild and rape 100 girls."

The conversation continued with: "Rape the whole flat to teach them all (a) lesson."

Another message read: "What do we do with girls? RAAAAAAAAAPE."

At one point, a user wrote: "Rape her in the street while everybody watches," with another responding it "wouldn't even be unfair".

One chat participant, using a racial slur, then said: "Even the p**is?"

Further remarks included: "love Hitler, hate n****s and jews and Corbyn."

The messages came to light after three formal complaints were made to the university, with dozens of screenshots of the alleged remarks provided as evidence.

Discussing racism, one user said: "Yeah racism is frowned upon at Warwick? F****** bull."

Others replied "EDL!" and "racism is class".

A University of Warwick spokesman said: "A possible student disciplinary incident is currently being actively investigated.

"We cannot comment further on this matter until those investigations, and any subsequent disciplinary processes, are concluded."

A member of the elite Russell Group, the university is ranked 11th in the UK, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018.

A University of Warwick student union spokeswoman said: "Warwick SU is aware of the ongoing university investigation into a group Facebook chat involving a number of Warwick students.

"The SU condemns the content of these messages - together with all forms of sexism, racism, anti-Semitism, ableism, and threats of violence - in the strongest possible terms.

"The SU has been supporting the victims and will continue to do so.

"We are also proactively cooperating with the university's ongoing investigation, and hope to see a conclusion as swiftly as possible."

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