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UIUC Twitter rage on No School Cancellation
On Sunday, January 26, students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign responded to a denied snow day with racial slurs on Twitter. When students of all ages across Chicago were enjoying a snow day on Monday, the students of University of Illinois were denied this privilege. As such, these angry students concentrated their anger to the source of the denial, University Chancellor Phyllis Wise. The seemly benign twitter rants quickly escalated to a wildfire of aggression and rage. Some targeted her Asian descent by comparing her to North Korea Kim Jong Un, while other targeted her status as a woman. ”What was most disturbing was witnessing social media drive a discussion quickly into the abyss of hateful comments and even threats of violence,” Wise responded to the online violence on her chancellor blog. ”I shudder to think what might happen if that type of vitriol had been directed at a vulnerable member of our student body or university community.” Some may say that kids will be kids. Even so, there are lines that should not be crossed.