Georgia Southern investigates after bottles, slurs allegedly hurled at cheerleader

STATESBORO, Ga. -- A major Georgia university is investigating after a social media post revealed a disturbing incident at a recent football game.

The alleged incident happened after the Georgia Southern home game against Savannah State.

According to NBC affiliate WSAV in Savannah, the investigation was instigated by a Savannah State cheerleader's Facebook post. She claimed she had bottles thrown at her accompanied by racial slurs.

On social media Ma'Kyha Sims said the game “may be the worst experience I’ve ever had.”

Witnesses said they saw a young man being escorted from the game after the incident.

The Statesboro Herald newspaper reports that the student was not arrested since the cheerleader told police she did not want to press charges.

However, the social media post later surfaced and drew many comments from those in the area.

Georgia Southern later released a statement to WSAV that administration – including university president Jamie Hebert - had met with Savannah State officials regarding the incident and initiated a full investigation.

The student who allegedly threw the bottle was not identified by local media but the Statesboro Herald reports that he is a 22-year-old resident student from Mt. Dora, Fla.

He will be “judicially referred” the paper reports, meaning any disciplinary action will be handled by the university.

While the incident was reported as a group of people, no one else was listed in reports. 

(© 2016 WXIA)


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