White Alabama student suspended over Facebook slur, threat to kill black student


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A white University of Alabama student has been suspended and removed from campus after he was accused of threatening to kill a black student in a Facebook post.

Ryan Jeremy Parish (Tuscaloosa County Jail)
Ryan Jeremy Parish (Tuscaloosa County Jail)

Citing court records, Al.com reports that 20-year-old Ryan J. Parish was arrested Friday by university police officers and charged with harassing communications, a misdemeanor.

The court documents say Parish threatened a black student, Jamal Commander, on the Alabama Student Ticket Exchange Facebook group last week, calling him a racial slur and saying “I’ll kill you.”

The university released a statement on Facebook shortly before Parish’s suspension:

Commander told WBRC-TV that he was threatened after expressing his support for those who stayed seated during the national anthem at a recent football game.

“That was the main thing for me, it wouldn’t have been as crazy if he would have just called me the “N” word because that happen daily. We’re in Alabama,” Commander says.

“Even in this day and age, it makes me sad. There isn’t any anger there, that phase in gone already.”

It is unclear whether Parish has an attorney.

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