Dallas high school students who were the targets of alleged racial slurs while touring Texas A&M spoke out about the incidents on Friday.
The girls who attend Uplift Hampton Preparatory said that what happened was offensive, but they also said what happened was a sad fact of life -- even in the 21st century.
"We know everywhere you go there will be racist people. Everyone doesn't hold their tongue. Everyone doesn't think about what they say before they say it. It kind of opened our eyes that everywhere we go, we're going to have confrontation about race,” said Devestiny Jones, junior, Uplift Hampton Prep.
A group of 60 students from the school were on a tour of Texas A&M, when two separate incidents happened.
They said the first one happened as the two juniors were tossing pennies into a fountain. A female A&M student came up to them and started asking about their school uniforms. Then she pulled her hair back to reveal Confederate flag earrings, and asked the students if those earrings would be appropriate to wear at their school.
A short time later other A&M students yelled racial slurs at a different group of students. That time a faculty member witnessed the situation.
“We don't want to hold anything against A&M, when we got their atmosphere was really good. But we don't want to dismiss the fact there were racial slurs,” said Daisy Rangel, junior, Uplift Hampton Prep.
State Senator Royce West of Dallas is calling for the university students to be expelled. The president of A&M said he is outraged and tremendously disappointed by the actions of the university students and the university is investigating.