An African American student at East Carolina University was assaulted by a White student at a bus stop on the campus of the university in Greenville, North Carolina. A 19-year-old White student from Charlotte was arrested on charges of simple assault and ethnic intimidation. According to police reports, the White student used a racial slur during the assault. Also, a White university police officer, who was one of the first responders, is under investigation because he allegedly handcuffed the victim of the assault.
Steve Ballard, chancellor of East Carolina University, issued a statement, which read in part, “No one on the ECU campus should feel unsafe or targeted due to their race, color of their skin, religion, nationality, or country of origin, gender or sexual orientation. Acts or behavior against others for these reasons will not be tolerated or accepted.”