June 29, 2020

Hardin-Simmons student behind 'deeply disappointing' Tik Tok video no longer enrolled

Hardin-Simmons student behind 'deeply disappointing' Tik Tok video no longer enrolled

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The Hardin-Simmons University student behind a "deeply disappointing" Tik Tok video no longer enrolled at the university


In the video -- posted Tuesday evening -- a student wearing an HSU shirt revealed how she thinks people react when a black person kills another black person or a black person kills a white person versus when a white person kills a black person.


She indicated people do not pay any attention in the first two cases, but get outraged when the suspect is white and the victim is black.


University officials said “the message shared by this student is not reflective of the Christian values of our institution” and they are "actively investigating and taking decisive action."

Dr. Eric Bruntmyer would not reveal what disciplinary steps were taken, citing student privacy, but confirmed the student is no longer enrolled.


As citizens we have certain rights of freedom of speech in public forums," Bruntmyer said. "However, within the HSU community, that right is always linked with our responsibility as Christians, as well as inherent responsibility for the consequences of our words and our actions.”

Bruntmyer said several students from various backgrounds told him the video is not reflective of HSU.


At Hardin-Simmons, we believe and practice unity through loving our neighbor as ourselves and treating all people equally with profound respect," Bruntmyer said. "Hate speech or racist comments by anyone are completely unacceptable and we do not want to condone behavior that questions people’s worth, their value, their dignity or their equality."