The students in the video, who are part of the UH volleyball team, laugh at the reference to a public lynching in Columbus.
According to campus newspaper The Cougar, one of the two players in the video is from Columbus, Texas.
The video, which we’re showing as a snapshot, had no sound, but the caption reads, “This is the hanging tree we used to hang people from.”
The students, who ABC13 does not name, can be seen in the video driving past a large oak tree where two teenagers were publicly lynched in November 1935.
According to The Cougar, the first video was taken by a newbie on Snapchat and posted anonymously to a Twitter account over the weekend.
The post began circulating on social media, sparking outrage among students.
ABC13 spoke to a UH physical education student who asked not to be named. She heard about the disturbing video and said she wasn’t surprised.
“The way I’m treated here at this university isn’t the best, and I think it has something to do with the color of my skin,” she said. “So when I hear about little things like volleyball (video) and I’m not surprised, but it’s disappointing.”
A spokesman for UH sent this statement along with the video:
“The university is aware of the video that does not represent our values and is inconsistent with our efforts to foster a diverse, inclusive and respectful environment. As the second largest public research institution in the country, we promote constructive and respectful dialogue. cultural awareness and a spirit of unity. We understand the concern this has caused. UH follows internal policies and all applicable local, state, and federal laws when evaluating a situation. In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), UH cannot comment on situations affecting specific students.
Andrew Pate, Associate AD/Strategic Communications at the University’s Physical Education Department, also agrees:
“We are aware of the situation and are actively conducting our due diligence. Due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), we are unable to provide additional comments or details at this time.”
ABC13 attempted to solicit comment from players in the video and both students deleted their Twitter accounts.
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