- Associated Press - Friday, October 6, 2017

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A University of Vermont student is facing a criminal charge accusing him of making racist and threatening comments.

Authorities say UVM launched an investigation following a report Sunday about a student who used “explicitly racist and threatening language directed toward African Americans and general diversity initiatives at UVM.”

Twenty-year-old Wesley Richter is facing one count of disorderly conduct.

UVM police say they found no information concerning an imminent threat to public safety.

Student Affairs Vice Provost Annie Stevens said in a statement Monday “such detestable remarks and threats directed to any group or individual are antithetical to our values and commitment to work toward racial equality and greater inclusion.”

Richter was expected to be arraigned Friday. It was not immediately known if he is being represented by an attorney.

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