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Former Miami U students who allegedly wrote racist, homophobic graffiti will not face additional charges

The vandalized bulletin board at Miami University (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Lindsey Wopschall) The vandalized bulletin board at Miami University (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Lindsey Wopschall)
OXFORD, OH (FOX19) - Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser announced Thursday that the two former Miami University students who allegedly vandalized campus property with hateful language, including homophobic and racist slurs will not face additional charges.

William Armour and Samir Lal allegedly defaced a bulletin board with profane graffiti at Wells Hall on April 3.  They originally were charged with criminal mischief.  The two students pleaded guilty to reduced charges of disorderly conduct on Thursday.

Gmoser said Thursday that the words that were written on a university piece of paper by the students were a lexicon of words commonly associated with racism, vulgarity, hate speed and sexual prejudice when use in context.  However, Gmoser says that in this case, there is no context- no complete or remotely complete sentence where the words express no more than the singular meaning of the words standing alone. 

According to Gmoser, the words are no less repugnant by simply being listed and painful to see, but the words are not directed in content to any individual. 

The freshman students accepted responsibility for the graffiti and told officers “we're not racist” and “we regret it,” according to a police report. 

Both students withdrew from the university.

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