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Reading pupils slammed for dressing up as ethnic minorities

CONTROVERSY: Students dressed up as members of ethnic minority communities

STUDENTS AT Reading university have been accused of mocking people from ethnic minority communities during a night out in a town centre last week.

Some of the university’s students were pictured after having blacked up their faces.

Now, following complaints from fellow students who saw them, the university says it is investigating the matter.

In a statement published on Twitter, the university wrote: “Thanks to everyone for bringing the Agrics social to our attention. We’ve tough rules on student behaviour and are investigating urgently."

Carolann Grandison, a spokesperson for the university said the theme of the night that the students in question attended was ‘Agrics on holiday.'


CONTROVERSY: Students dressed up at members of ethnic minority communities

President of the students' union, Oli Ratcliffe, also issued a statement about the event on Facebook.

He said: “We would like to address the reports of last night's Agriculture Society social where students were dressing as ‘ethnic minorities'. RUSU were unaware that this social was taking place. If we had known we would have immediately stopped it from happening as these sorts of events are taken extremely seriously.”

INVESTIGATION

Ratcliffe continued: “We are in the process of investigating this further, and I would like to stress that RUSU is taking this very seriously and does not condone these sorts of actions. We will keep you all updated."

Students took to social media to express their feelings towards the society and the university over the incident.

Dilys Midwinter wrote on Facebook: “I'm so disappointed by the Agrics at this university. I'm embarrassed I'm at uni with people who are so backward in their moral standing, and I'm ashamed I have associated myself with them on a social in the past (I dressed as a dog not an “ethnic minority" which was apparently the theme of last night someone had been told by an Agric).

"How was a social like that allowed last night? Why did club managers actually let them into their clubs when clearly they were offending so many people?

“The fact this happens at the university I go to makes me feel ashamed I go here."

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