A male student says he doesn’t regret getting his female classmate kicked out of college after he posted an old video of her.
Jimmy Galligan, 18, told the New York Times that he received a message from a pal which included a video of his classmate Mimi Groves using the N-word.
The short video shows Groves, who was only 15 at that time, looking into the camera while saying “I can drive, n******!”
When his complaints did not receive any response from the teachers and administrators in 2016, Galligan decided to keep the video until he believed it was the right time to share it online.
He then posted the 3-second clip publicly in June 2020.
“I wanted to get her where she would understand the severity of that word,” Galligan told The Times.
“If I never posted that video, nothing would have ever happened. I’m going to remind myself, you started something. You taught someone a lesson.”
Groves, a cheerleader, was planning to go to the University of Tennessee and was accepted to the team in May.
Only weeks later, racial protests broke out across the country after the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.
Groves then urged people to “protest, donate, sign a petition, rally, and do something” to support the BLM movement.
But one person replied to her post: “You have the audacity to post this, after saying the N-word.”
Groves started to panic when her friends informed her about a four-year-old video Galligan had publicly shared on Snapchat.
The short video quickly went viral across social media platforms, including Twitter and TikTok.
Within a few days, she champion-winning cheerleader was kicked off the team and forced to withdraw from the University of Tennessee as admission officials cited hundreds of phone calls and emails from outraged members of the public.
“They’re angry, and they want to see an action,” an administration said, according to the Times.
Speaking about the backlash caused by her old video, the female said she “didn’t understand the severity of the word, or the history and context behind it because I was so young.”
She told the Times: “t disgusts me that those words would ever come out of my mouth. How can you convince somebody that has never met you and the only thing they’ve ever seen of you is that three-second clip?”
“I’ve learned how quickly social media can take something they know very little about, twist the truth and potentially ruin somebody’s life,” she added.
Meanwhile, Galligan insist he has no regrets. “If I never posted that video, nothing would have ever happened,” he expressed.
“I’m going to remind myself, you started something. You taught someone a lesson.”
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