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Oklahoman who sent racist texts offered admission at Penn

The Associated Press - November 16, 2016 11:08 am

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The University of Pennsylvania says a former University of Oklahoma student who sent racist text messages to black Penn freshmen had been offered admission to the Ivy League school in May.

Penn officials say the student – who hasn’t been publicly named – decided to enroll at Oklahoma instead.

Because he was offered admission, the student was given access to a private Facebook group for Penn’s Class of 2020, which is how he was able to access the students’ contact information.

University of Oklahoma President David Boren said the student who sent the messages referencing lynching and racial slurs through the GroupMe messaging app is no longer enrolled at OU.

Penn officials are working to prevent similar student access issues in the future, and Penn police continue to work with Oklahoma officials on an FBI investigation.

 

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