A series of disturbing GroupMe messages has caused Columbia University to suspend its wrestling team’s season, starting with the first match this coming Saturday. The school said it had “zero tolerance in its athletics programs for the group messaging and texts sent by several members of the men’s varsity wrestling team,” according to The New York Times.
The incident was first reported by Bwog, an independent, student-produced news platform on campus, which published screenshots of the racist, homophobic, misogynistic, and sexually-predatory remarks. We won’t republish them here, but the wrestlers in the Class of 2017 extensively criticize a girl’s Instagram photo of her butt, say another girl looks like “a dude in a wig,” and mock survivors of sexual assault.
One message actually contains the phrase, “I hope someone does get sexually assaulted.”
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