A Georgia Southern University (GSU) student is on an apology tour after a text message with a racist slur was supposedly sent to the wrong person and made public through multiple social media sites.
Courtney Schaefer, a student at GSU, was allegedly vetting a new roomie when she mistakenly sent a text to the soon-to-be bunkmate that included the N-word. But, the message was not meant to be racist.
“OMG! I am so sorry! Holy crap. Damn spell check I did NOT mean to say that," Schaefer replied after recognizing the wrong recipient received the text, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
After realizing her mistake, she blamed autocorrect and continued to apologize for the incident. “I meant to say triggerish, meaning like, you seemed really cool, nothing that triggered a red flag! I’m so embarrassed. I apologize.”
But the new roommate screenshot the messages and shared them on social media.
Dajah Morrison, a GSU senior, said she doesn't believe Schaefer's explanation, according to WSAV.
“Triggerish is not a word at all, either. The closest word to that is triggerfish. So, for her to cover those things up, it just didn’t add up.”
The University also jumped in and vowed to look into the incident.
"The use of such racist comments is offensive and unacceptable and in no way reflects the attitudes or values of Georgia Southern University," President Shelley Nickel said in a statement. "To be clear, there is no place for bigotry or racism on our campuses.”
Georgia Southern University is in the heart of the Deep South. With that in mind, Morrison still has faith the university will address this issue and properly resolve it. "Hopefully, they’ll be professional and handle everything correctly, but I’m just hoping they shut that down and show other students we don’t play that. We’re here to learn.”
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