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Friday, November 15, 2013 - 12:57pm

Outrage Grows Over UGA Hate Posts

Students and faculty aren’t the only ones speaking out about the online hate messages left on Facebook pages of two student organizations at the University of Georgia.

In a letter to UGA President Jere Morehead, the Anti-Defamation League commended UGA’s administration for the way it is handling the issue.

In a statement released on Friday, Shelley Rose, the Anti-Defamation associate director, urged university officials to work with students to create a safe environment, especially online.

“It is important that the UGA police and GBI are investigating these matters and will pursue this to the full extent of the law. We hope the University will continue to stand up against all forms of hate and will actively support those student leaders who are committed to creating a campus that is safe, welcoming and inclusive for all students.”

University of Georgia students and faculty protested for a second time on Thursday after hateful posts were again left on Facebook pages of two different organizations, one belonging to an organization for minority students and the other belonging to an organization representing gay and lesbian students.

UGA President Jere Morehead said in a statement that university police and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are probing the posts. He says the suspects may be using false information to create Facebook pages from which they can use to post messages.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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