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University Launches Investigation Over Racist Message Left On Bananas

Warwick University said it was investigating the "racist incident" as a matter of urgency after a student found a note left on the fruit. The student has now been offered alternative accommodation on campus.

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Faramade Ifaturoti, a 19-year-old biomedical-science student, said she was "extremely disgusted" by the note, which she said was written by one of her flatmates. She shared a photograph of the bananas on Twitter.

The university said it was investigating the "racist incident" as a matter of urgency.

A racist incident has been widely reported on social media – the University is investigating as a matter of urgency.


On Wednesday a spokesperson for the university told BuzzFeed News that Ifaturoti had been offered alternative accommodation on campus while they conduct their investigation.

The statement said: "A senior member of the University's Residential Life Team is in direct contact with the student concerned and the student has been offered alternative accommodation in a number of other locations on campus while the matter is being investigated."

On Tuesday Peter Dunn, a spokesperson for the university, told BuzzFeed News:

"We treat each incident or event – depending on what it is – seriously. Our concentration right now is on this case."

Ifaturoti told BuzzFeed News that when she saw the note she felt "upset" and "as though I'd been targeted", but that "this is not the first time something like this has happened".

Although she said that she can't be sure whether it was intended as a joke or something more serious, she now wishes to move accommodation.

Fiona Rutherford is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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