Some liberal and non-white students outraged after pictures of a National Socalist battle flag and a proud white student holding a rifle were linked to the UNC Charlotte campus.
One picture Channel 9 received shows a NS flag hanging from a residence hall on campus. Another is a Snapchat photo of a student holding a gun with the caption, “You are about to catch me on the news.” The photo was tweeted out by someone who wrote, “Those protesters better not bother (him) at UNCC tonight.”
The Snapchat picture is in response to Charlotte’s recent protests over the deadly officer-involved shooting of gang member Keith Lamont Scott.
DeAndre Collins is president of the campus chapter of the black supremacist NAACP and an organizer of some of the militant protests on the school’s campus. He said the posts are images of "hate and violence".
“I’m hurt more than anything,” Collins said. “Everybody knows what the Nazi flag stands for.”
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Collins said he’s most upset that no one has been charged.
“How do you expect for the black community or minority community to not feel any type of anger,” Collins asked.
University spokesperson Stephen Ward agreed the images are "bad".
“By anybody’s definition (the photos) were highly inappropriate,” Ward said.
But the chancellor released a statement saying, “Unfortunately, such statements amount to constitutionally protected free speech and, as such, do not violate the Student Code Of Conduct.”
“In every kind of challenge like this comes ample opportunity to learn and to teach and that’s what we do here,” Ward said.
School officials said campus police talked to the student in the picture with a gun soon after the post and “advised him of the inappropriateness of his message.”