Posh university students don’t exactly have a glowing reputation and when stories like this come to light you can totally understand why.
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We’re up in Durham for this one, where incoming freshers have been joking in WhatsApp groups about spiking the drinks of female students, raping them and having a competition to have sex with the poorest ones that they could find. The leaked conversations were posted in the Facebook group ‘Overheard at Durham Uni’ – here’s a selection of some of the most disgusting ones:
Jesus. I know kids are excited to go to university and live on their own and have sex with a whole bunch of people without having to worry about their parents for the first time in their lives, but even saying stuff like those things is pretty worrying behaviour. It’s not really something you should joke about and saying it when you’re 17/18/19 is even worse. Hopefully it’s not reflective of their true attitudes towards women.
Durham University have decided to release a statement on the matter with pro-vice chancellor Jeremy Cook saying the following:
The University has been made aware of some utterly abhorrent comments on social media that we understand may have been posted by Durham students.
Durham University utterly condemns the content and behaviour demonstrated in these social media posts. This is entirely unacceptable and violates the values and behaviours that we uphold as a University community.
We instigated an immediate investigation by our student disciplinary team as soon as we were made aware of these social media posts. If these posts are found to be genuine and attributable, we will take action to ensure that those involved will have no place at Durham University.
Wow. Big words indeed but whether or not they’ll actually follow through on them remains to be seen. Let’s see what happens, but if anything at least this story going viral and the condemnation that it was received might ram it home to people that still act like this that it’s completely unacceptable. Probably not though.
For more of the same, check out the WhatsApp group about the Queen dying. That was a dumb one.