ECU student charged with ethnic intimidation

East Carolina University Police say they have charged 19 year-old ECU student Jordan Wagner of Charlotte with simple assault and ethnic intimidation after he allegedly used a racial slur while assaulting another student at a bus stop.

School officials said the incident happened Thursday evening at a bus stop on College Hill.

"We will not allow the actions of one person to tarnish the reputation of East Carolina University. This type of behavior will not be tolerated on our campus and will be dealt with in the appropriate manner. Our goal is to provide an environment where everyone feels welcome and safe," said ECU Police Chief Gerald Lewis.

ECU said a message was sent from Chancellor Steve Ballard today to all faculty, staff and students addressing the incident.

"No one on the ECU campus should feel unsafe or targeted due to their race, color of their skin, religion, nationality, or country of origin, gender or sexual orientation. Acts or behavior against others for these reasons will not be tolerated or accepted," wrote Ballard.
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