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UGA Protest March Prompted By Racist Facebook Comments

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WSB, in Atlanta, is reporting racist Facebook comments have led to a protest at the University of Georgia.

According to WSB, University of Georgia police are investigating the possibility someone set up a fake Facebook account in a student's name then used it to make racially offensive posts to two minority student organizations.

The posts were made earlier this week to Facebook pages belonging to the UGA Black Affairs Council and the LGBT Resource Center. The posts sparked a protest Friday afternoon as more than 200 UGA students, faculty and administrators marched across the Sanford Stadium bridge on campus.

"I thought it was disgusting and hateful," said UGA graduate student Ethan Epps. "I was embarrassed to be a part of a university where that sort of thing goes on."

UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson confirmed the alleged author of the post, a 19-year-old UGA student, filed a police report claiming he did not post any of the offensive comments. He told investigators someone set up a phony account using his name.

Williamson made clear that his officers are not investigating the offensive nature of the posts, because, he said, it is protected by the First Amendment. They are, however, looking into the possibility someone used that student's name to create a fake account. That could be a crime.

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