Students at The University of Southern Mississippi gathered for a peaceful protest Monday afternoon after two women reported an attack at the Southern Miss vs. Rice football game on Saturday night.
The attack reportedly happened after the women refused to stand for the National Anthem. According to a social media post, the women were called derogatory terms, and had beer and soda thrown at them.
Nearly 100 USM students gathered peacefully with signs to help get their message across.
“When I heard about the incident at the game, it bothered me,” Brandon Rue, a freshman student at USM. “I feel like this was a great opportunity to help out my fellow classmates."
Although Rue was disappointed in the reported incident, he said it does not represent Southern Miss as a whole.
“The event that took place doesn’t show what Southern Miss really is,” Rue said.
“The main message of today is love, appreciation, and care for all of us, but the black lives especially,” USM junior Jocelynn Sims said while speaking about the message at Monday's protest.
Sims also spoke about the support given from other students.
“Everyone was very respectful. There was no arguing and bickering,” Sims said.
Dean of Students Eddie Holloway, spoke with the students who were then advised to speak with University police.
“Once we determine the participants, we will act in accordance with code of student conduct of The University of Southern Mississippi,” Holloway said.
Holloway added that the university is “acting to find out who did what."
University Police are reviewing video of the incident, and a formal incident report has been filed.