The University of Miami is under fire over an emergency alert it sent to students on Thursday attempting to notify the student body of a crime, but instead only sending out the description of the alleged criminal. In this case, people were told to be on the lookout for a "black male on campus."
Here's a copy of the message:
Almost immediately, critics lashed out calling the gaffe "racist." The Miami Herald has a couplw examples:
“Why yes, UM, there are black guys on campus,” Emma Marzen posted on Twitter. “Good job ENN for forgetting to send the rest.”
Posted Alexander Norton: “how would you handle UM’s racist ENN report? #PRprobs #crisismanagement.”
The school -- red-faced -- later apologized.
“The initial ENN was both incomplete and insensitive and the University of Miami offers its sincere apologies,” the school wrote in a statement. “University leadership has already launched a full investigation of the incident, the ENN and University procedures.”
The suspect, the Herald reports, was eventually captured after stealing a computer from a dorm and trying to sell it back to its owner for $1,000.