The university and its police department launched the investigation after receiving a complaint about the racist message sent by the student on December 21 over Tinder to a Framingham State University student Elisabeth Philippe.
“Go back to Africa,” the Bridgewater student wrote. “I don’t like your kind. I’m sorry we stole u ppl in the first place. I wish we never did…[You] make this earth & MY Country way much worse than it already is.”
The screenshot of the message was posted by Philippe’s sister Myjorie on Twitter and went viral attracting the attention of university officials.
“He messaged me randomly and he said the ‘N’ word to me,” Philippe told 7 News Boston. “He went out of his way just to message me that. Like, swipe on me and say that. I asked him if he was joking and that’s when he unmatched me.”
While condemning the incident, university officials said they were in touch with both students.
“There is no tolerance at Bridgewater State University for acts of hatred,” Dean of Students Denine Rocco said in a statement to Boston Globe. “The comments are abhorrent and violate the official values statement of Bridgewater State University, as adopted by our Board of Trustees and undersigned by hundreds of employees and students.”
Earlier this month, Baltimore County police arrested a Goucher College student Fynn Ajani Arthur for drawing racist graffitis targeting African-Americans, Latinos and drawing swastikas.