Published On: Wed, Nov 30th, 2016

Latino Elon University student confesses to ‘Bye Bye Latinos Hasta La Vista’ Hoax

A Latino student from Elon University has confessed that the “Bye Bye Latinos Hasta La Vista” post-election incident was fabricated. The unidentified student was “upset about the results of the election and wrote the message as a satirical commentary,” according to Smith Jackson, the school’s vice president for student life.


photo/ twitter

photo/ twitter

News outlets report that an Elon faculty member found the message two days after the election and photographed the note before erasing it and reporting the incident to university officials.

A hateful note saying “Bye Bye Latinos Hasta La Vista” was found in Kivette Hall Room 100 this morning at @elonuniversity. pic.twitter.com/xL2SCMdBhR

— Bryan Anderson (@BryanRAnderson) November 10, 2016

The university said the student is “deeply remorseful.”

“The matter is being adjudicated through Elon’s Office of Student Conduct,” the university said in a statement.

The student has not been identified: “Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the university protects the privacy of student educational records, including any proceedings in the campus judicial system,” said Dan Anderson, vice president of University Communications, on Thursday.

“We would not disclose the identity of students involved in conduct matters without their permission.”

The photograph has been shared on social media.

Prior to the student coming forward, Elon University President Leo M. Lambert said:

“I want to say emphatically that this incident is reprehensible and directly in conflict with Elon’s values of inclusion and treating each other with dignity and respect. Because this is a potential violation of Elon’s Code of Conduct, we will investigate the matter using our campus security camera system, attempt to determine who wrote the message and hold them accountable. Elon will not tolerate harassing, denigrating or intimidating actions that create a hostile environment.”

Lambert also said, “I want to send a special message of support to our Hispanic/Latino students: Please know that this message does not represent our community. We stand with you and will do everything in our power to ensure your well-being, safety and security. We are committed to give every student the opportunity to feel welcome and valued, and to flourish and reach their full potential.”

You can read Lambert’s full statement by clicking here.

Sylvia Munoz, director of El Centro and interim director for the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education (CREDE), was sad when she heard the news but said she was not surprised. When asked whether information about the note coming from a Latino student should be included in a news article, she said publishing the student’s Latino heritage would “diminish the fear that people feel right now.”

“I think it would be disrespectful not just for my community but also for all the other minority community groups to divert the attention,” Munoz said.

Regardless of the person responsible for the note and the motives behind it, Munoz said the focus should be on the message itself and the impact it has had on the Latino community.

“If it was a joke for them, I hope they realize that this is not a joking matter because the fear is real for some people.”



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