Two men have been arrested after a video emerged of people chanting racist remarks outside the bedroom door of a black Nottingham Trent University student.
The video, Tweeted on Wednesday night, was recorded by Rufaro Chisango as she stood behind the door of her room in halls of residence.
A number of men can be heard shouting “we hate the blacks” from the other side.
Rufaro, tweeting from the account @rufarochisango_, wrote:”YooI’m fuming, the way people in the same uni halls as me are chanting ‘we hate the blacks’ outside my bedroom door.
“Words cannot describe how sad this makes me feel, in this 2018 people think this is still acceptable.”
The university called the behaviour “vile” and Notts Police say they are investigating the incident and have arrested two 18-year-old men. The video was greeted by widespread outrage on social media.
yoo I’m fuming, the way people in the same uni halls as me are chanting “we hate the blacks” outside my bedroom door. Words cannot describe how sad this makes me feel, in this 2018 people think this is still acceptable😤 pic.twitter.com/XUiYqNIWQT
— Ruu (@rufarochisango_) March 7, 2018
Rufaro added the video was originally recorded on Monday night (March 5) at her city centre halls of residence. Police were seen entering Sandby Halls, on Hampden Street, on Thursday morning.
In a statement, the university said it had suspended a number of students suspected of being involved while it launched its own investigation, adding it was “shocked and appalled”.
Another female voice can be heard shouting the men down in the clip, and saying “leave her alone”.
By Thursday morning, the video had been viewed more than half a million times, attracting more than 1,000 replies, including MPs and the rapper Lethal Bizzle, who called on the university to take action.
@TrentUni what u lot doing about this??!?!?!???????!
— #BlackieChan (@LethalBizzle) March 8, 2018
In a tweet on Wednesday night, the university replied to the student, saying: “We are investigating this as a matter of urgency. We are taking this extremely seriously and do not tolerate behaviour like this.”
Notts Police also replied, saying: “If you’ve not already done so, please can you give us a call on 101 to report this.
“Our team will be able to take the details of this incident and see what can be done.”
The student adds she lives in a city centre halls of residence. Nottingham South MP Lilian Greenwood replied to say she was ‘appalled’, adding “please email me if you are a constituent”.
A further statement from the university on Thursday read: “We are shocked and appalled to see the video of racist chanting posted yesterday evening. This kind of vile behaviour will not be tolerated at NTU. Those suspected perpetrators have been suspended immediately pending a full investigation.
“We have contacted the student who made the complaint and are providing support to her and others affected. We are liaising with the police about this incident.
“We value being a diverse global community, with staff and students from across the world.
“We are also working with our accommodation partner to understand why the university was only alerted to this on Wednesday evening after this was reported to them in the very early hours of Tuesday.”
Earlier tweets from @rufarochisango_ added: “I told the reception [at halls] and they said that this will be dealt with Tuesday morning, they took my details and said they would inform me… it’s Wednesday night and they haven’t.”
A Notts Police spokesman added: “We are aware of a video posted at Nottingham Trent University and which has been shared on social media. It is wholly unacceptable and we’re proactively investigating the incident and liaising with the university.
“We treat hate crime extremely seriously and we would always urge anyone who has been the victim of or a witness to hate crime to report it.
“Everyone who lives and works in or visits Nottinghamshire has a right to go about their lives without being subjected to hate. This type of crime can have a devastating impact on not only a person’s quality of life but also on the wider community. It deprives individuals of their rights and generates fear in society.”
The force later added: “We’ve arrested two men in connection with racially aggravated public order offences following reports of a video posted at Nottingham Trent University and shared on social media.
“The men, aged 18, remain in police custody. Our enquiries are ongoing.”