CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Officials at the Citadel say they are investigating "abhorrent racist comments" made in a social media post.
A screenshot of the Snapchat post, provided to ABC News 4 by a viewer, shows a man using racial slurs while complaining about a stolen bike.
"F-----g N----r just stole my friend's bike, who lent it to me to go rock climbing dt. Sorry to sound racist, just really pissed rn," the post reads.
The comment was written over top of a man's photo. The man in the photo appears identical to a man who identifies himself on Facebook as a member of the Citadel class of 2019, and as being affiliated with the Citadel's Rock Climbing Club. That Facebook account is no longer publicly discoverable.
Citadel President Lt. Gen. John Rosa issued a statement about the incident Wednesday morning, which reads as follows:
"This morning I became aware of a disturbing social media post, which included abhorrent racist statements. These statements represent the exact opposite of The Citadel’s core values of Honor, Duty and Respect that we teach and expect from the entire Citadel family. The Citadel’s leadership team is investigating this incident and is taking appropriate action in accordance with the college’s rules and regulations. Over the past several years, we’ve worked hard to advance The Citadel’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We will learn from this incident and continue our work, which is critical to our institution."
In 2015, eight Citadel cadets were suspended after photos surfaced on social media showing them dressed in white hoods. The Citadel later said the incident was related to a Christmas skit based on the song "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," which references scary ghost stories. The college said the students were dressed as ghosts, and did not intend to offend anyone.
"This morning I became aware of a disturbing social media post, which included abhorrent racist statements. These statements represent the exact opposite of The Citadel’s core values of Honor, Duty and Respect that we teach and expect from the entire Citadel family." (1/3) pic.twitter.com/NwhYJGza3y— The Citadel (@Citadel1842) January 31, 2018