Purdue President: Student will be expelled after racist online statements, video

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Purdue University issued a statement Tuesday that Purdue President Mitch Daniels announced the immediate expulsion of undergraduate student Maxwell Lawrence for racist texts and video comments made online.

Posted: Jun 23, 2020 6:08 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue University issued a statement Tuesday that Purdue President Mitch Daniels announced the immediate expulsion of undergraduate student Maxwell Lawrence for racist texts and video comments made online.

According to the statement: 

"The president determined that, in addition to being racist and despicable, repeated statements posted on social media by Lawrence appear plainly intended to incite others and therefore create a risk of public safety issues in the current environment."

The issue was first brought to the attention of the University last week and officials had concluded that the statements made by Lawrence were protected speech under the First Amendment and University policy. An earlier statement released from Purdue stated  

"The views expressed are obviously highly inconsistent with the values and principles we believe in at Purdue. Bigotry, racism and hate are the antithesis of what the university stands for and are not welcome here. But we also are committed to freedom of expression and do not control what people post on their personal accounts, nor can we punish their speech, no matter how offensive or vile."

However, after reviewing the incident, President Daniels decided to take action on the issue, calling Lawrence’s conduct "completely and utterly unacceptable by a member of the Purdue community and cited the danger Lawrence poses to public safety."

We will have more information as it becomes available. 

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