Warwick University suspends 11 students accused of threatening to rape classmates

The University has suspended 11 students after a group chat emerged of users joking about raping '100 girls.' Credit: BPM Media

The University of Warwick has suspended 11 students after screenshots of a group messenger chat emerged in which they allegedly threatened to rape and sexually assault their classmates.

Screenshots showed one chat member wrote: "Rape her friends too," withanother replying: "Sometimes it's fun to just go wild and rape 100 girls."

The conversation continued with: "Rape the whole flat to teach them all (a)lesson."

Another message read: "What do we do with girls? RAAAAAAAAAPE."

At one point, a user wrote: "Rape her in the street while everybody watches," with another responding it "wouldn't even be unfair".

One chat participant, using a racial slur, then said: "Even the p**is?"

Further remarks included: "love Hitler, hate n****s and jews and Corbyn."

The messages came to light after three formal complaints were made to theuniversity, with dozens of screenshots of the alleged remarks provided asevidence.

Discussing racism, one user said: "Yeah racism is frowned upon at Warwick? F****** bull."

Others replied "EDL!" and "racism is class".

A possible student disciplinary incident is currently being actively investigated.

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A member of the elite Russell Group, the university is ranked 11th in the UK,according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018.

A University of Warwick student union spokeswoman said: "Warwick SU is aware of the ongoing university investigation into a group Facebook chat involving a number of Warwick students."

The SU condemns the content of these messages - together with all forms of sexism, racism, anti-Semitism, ableism, and threats of violence - in the strongest possible terms. The SU has been supporting the victims and will continue to do so. We are also proactively cooperating with the university's ongoing investigation, and hope to see a conclusion as swiftly as possible.

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