A 21-year-old British law student who mocked the Islamic State on Facebook is now under investigation by his school for engaging in misconduct and threatening the security of other students, even though no criminal investigation has been launched.
Edinburgh University student Robbie Travers is under investigation for a comment he made on his Facebook page after the United States successfully completed the "mother of all bombs" attack against the Islamic State in April, resulting in the deaths of over 90 ISIS militants.
"I'm glad we could bring these barbarians a step closer to collecting their 72 virgins," Travers wrote on his Facebook page at the time.
According to The Times, fellow Edinburgh student Esme Allman accused Travers of violating the school's code of conduct, alleging he was jeopardizing the safety of minority students with his comment.
"Not only do I believe this behaviour to be in breach of the student code of conduct, but his decision to target the BME Liberation Group at the University of Edinburgh, and how he has chosen to do so, puts minority students at risk and in a state of panic and fear while attending the University of Edinburgh," Allman's complaint read.
Travers announced he was the subject of an investigation on his Facebook page at the end of August.
"Afraid I've been a little more quiet as I have been accused of Islamophobia because I mocked ISIS, and I'm being investigated on such a ground by my University [sic]," Travers said. "Mocking ISIS allegedly made Islamic and minority students feel 'threatened' and 'unsafe,' so goes the complainant's ramblings. Have engaged legal advice to dismiss this nonsense. Wish me luck."
Allman describes herself as a "self-proclaimed feminist and womanist from inner-city London," according to her personal manifesto submitted to Edinburgh University for the school's 2017 student elections.
"I value inclusivity as well as building and preserving safe spaces for us. Creating a truly intersectional campaign is incredibly important to me and my first job will be to work alongside the other liberation groups to ensure EUSA are fully representative of our views," she wrote in her personal biography as a student officer candidate.
Travers assured his Facebook followers that his legal team was working hard to get the complaint dismissed. He thanked those who supported his fight for freedom of speech.
"Currently surprised and overwhelmed by your kind support and love whilst I fight to be free and able to criticise ISIS and fight intolerance and hatred," he wrote Tuesday.
A university spokesman confirmed to The Times that the school is investigating Travers for misconduct.
"We are committed to providing an environment in which all members of the university community treat each other with dignity and respect and our code of student conduct sets out clear expectations of behaviour," the spokesman said.