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Student blames racist message on spell check

RACIST TEXTS: The exchange has been shared widely across social media

A STUDENT accused of sending a racist message to her black prospective roommate has blamed spell check for the inclusion of a racist slur.

The woman sent a text to the student who was to due to be her future Georgia Southern University roommate which read: "Her insta looks pretty normal not too ni****ish,” Buzzfeed News reported.

When she discovered her mistake, the white student sent another text apologising and blaming the spell check for the racist comment. She also said she was meant to send the message to a friend.

She wrote: “OMG I am so sorry! Holy crap. Damn spell check I did not mean to say that. I was texting Hannah and I meant to say triggerish meaning like you seemed really cool nothing that triggered a red flag! I’m so embarrassed I apologize [sic].”

Screenshots of the exchange have been shared widely across the internet. The woman who allegedly sent the messages appears to have deactivated her social media accounts, according to Buzzfeed News.

One student, Dajah Morrison, who claims she knows the student who was on the receiving end of the messages, said: "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," WSAV3 reported.

In a statement, Georgia Southern University’s president Shelley C Nickel, said: “The university shares the hurt our community has expressed following the use of a racial slur exhibited in a screenshot shared on social media. The use of such racist comments is offensive and unacceptable and in no way reflects the attitudes or values of Georgia Southern University. To be clear, there is no place for bigotry or racism on our campuses.”

Nickel added: “As students return to our campuses for the new academic year, we are committed to reinforcing our values and encouraging an inclusive atmosphere that enables our students to thrive.”

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