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Racially-Tinged Harassment At Virginia School After Obama's Re-Election

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About 40 students at Virginia's Hampden-Sydney College shouted racial slurs, threw bottles and set off fireworks outside the Minority Student Union within an hour of President Barack Obama's re-election on Tuesday night.

Founded in 1775, Hampton-Sydney is a liberal arts college for men, in Hampton Sydney, Va.

The school prides itself for a strict code of honor. Upon entering as a student, each man pledges that he will not lie, cheat, steal, nor tolerate those who do; this pledge is binding for life.

Now a police investigation is underway, according to the Associated Press. Members of the Minority Student Union called police to report a large gathering outside their house on Election Night

President Chris Howard, the tiny college's first African-American president, reported the unrest in an email to parents today. Howard noted the incident also included threats of physical violence.

The racially tinged incident is the second reported protest sparked by Obama's re-election. A protest at the University of Mississippi in Jackson late Tuesday involved about 400 people who shouted racial slurs.

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