The University of Alabama decided to expel student Harley Barber this week after she had posted two videos of herself uttering racist slurs on her Instagram account. After another social media user copied these onto Twitter, they quickly went viral and it all went downhill from there for Miss Barber.
The 19-year-old freshman has since apologized to national media, stating: "I did something really, really bad. I don't know what to do, and I feel horrible. I'm wrong, and there's just no excuse for what I did, I feel so, so bad, and I am so sorry."
Alpha Phi, the sorority to which Miss Barber belonged, also decided to dismiss her.
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The young woman has since returned to her family home in Marlton, New Jersey. Meanwhile Harley Barber's mother claims that the University did the right thing in expelling her.
Ms Jill Barbera stated: "I agree with the punishment. This is not a reflection of how she was raised. She's just degrading herself and it breaks my heart."
"I hope someone can look at this and learn. I don't want anyone to feel what I feel."
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This is Harley Barber. Harley Barber is AΦ and thinks that she can throw around the N word and not be held accountable for her actions. <a href="https://twitter.com/UofAlabama?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@UofAlabama</a> let’s prove her wrong. Racism and Bigotry will not and can not be tolerated. Period. <a href="https://t.co/oKp8KlNMfo">pic.twitter.com/oKp8KlNMfo</a></p>— Brittney K 🐣❤️ (@_thebrittneyk) <a href="https://twitter.com/_thebrittneyk/status/953379147140747264?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 16, 2018</a></blockquote>
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The University of Alabama released a statement since, explaining they felt the videos were "highly offensive and deeply hurtful"
"The actions of this student do not represent the larger student body or the values of our University. We hold our students to much higher standards, and we apologize to everyone who has seen the videos and has been hurt by this hateful, ignorant and offensive behaviour. This is not who we are."