Photo of University of North Dakota students wearing black facial masks with the caption, “Black lives matter”

Things are looking bad at the University of North Dakota.

The school is investigating its second racially charged photo in just about as many days, Valley News Live reports.


The photo in question, which was posted to social media, shows four white people wearing black facial masks with the caption "Black Lives Matter," the site notes.

According to the report, a Facebook user posted the picture to her page, tagging the university and saying that "the problem is growing worse here at UND."

A university spokesperson said that police and school administration were notified about the picture last week and it was being investigated. The spokesperson confirmed to KFYR-TV that the individuals in the photo attend the university.

The photo came just 24 hours after another social media photo raised eyebrows. That photo, taken from Snapchat, showed three white students grinning and was captioned "Locked the black bitch out," apparently after they had locked a black student out of her dorm.


University President Mark Kennedy released a statement Thursday saying that he was "appalled" at the two racially charged photos that had circulated within 48 hours of each other.

"It is abundantly clear that we have much work to do at the University of North Dakota in educating our students, and the entire university community, on issues related to diversity, inclusion and respect for others," Kennedy said in his statement. "The UND Police Department and the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities are going through their processes in investigating these two incidences. We are moving as fast as we can.


"I have been disappointed to learn that we have people in our university community who don't know that the kind of behavior and messaging demonstrated in these two photos is not OK, and that, in fact, it is inexcusable," the president added. "As I have said before, we value diversity and inclusion and take seriously respect for others as well as the exchange of different thoughts and ideas. To achieve the vision of One UND, we must take steps to demonstrate these values across our university community."

Read more at Valley News Live.

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