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Officials investigate reported racial incident at UNCW

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Officials at UNC Wilmington are investigating what they're calling a racial incident that reportedly took place on campus recently. Officials at UNC Wilmington are investigating what they're calling a racial incident that reportedly took place on campus recently.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Officials at UNC Wilmington are investigating what they're calling a racial incident that reportedly took place on campus recently.

Chancellor Gary Miller says a black student was training on the intramural fields Monday when five white males in a truck drove past him and continuously made derogatory racial comments.

Following the incident, Miller released the following statement, emphasizing that the university does not tolerate such types of incidents and that the police department is investigating:  

"I have been made aware of a deplorable racial incident that was reported on our campus this past Monday afternoon involving one of our African-American students. It came to our attention today that Brent Campbell, a rising senior and captain of the UNCW men's track team, was training on the Intramural fields at around 3pm in front of New Hanover gym when a blue pickup truck with 5 white male individuals drove past him several times and made derogatory racial comments. 

Simply put, UNCW will not tolerate incidents of this nature, by students, staff or visitors, and our police department is investigating accordingly. We have spoken to Brent to express our outrage that he endured this horrific experience. While it's unconscionable that such hatefulness exists anywhere, it's particularly upsetting that this occurred on the UNCW campus, where we strive to foster examination and action around diversity, respect, and issues of race and culture at every opportunity. This is just such an opportunity, and we are grateful that Brent has responded with such grace and openness so as to continue the important dialogue about race relations in Wilmington and beyond."

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