Mimi Groves, a student, has withdrawn from her dream university after Jimmy Galligan, a classmate, publicly shamed her on social media for using a racial slur when she was 15 years old.
Now 19, Groves had been accepted into the University of Tennessee as the cheerleading team captain in June this year.
However, she was dismissed from the team and forced to withdraw from the university after former classmate Galligan shared a 3-second Snapchat video of the student from four years ago.
In the video, Groves can be seen sitting in a car, having just acquired a learner’s permit, and saying, “I can drive, n******.”
She sent the post to friends on Snapchat, and last year, the clip ended up with Galligan — a senior at the same school — who decided to save it and share it at a time which would be the “most damaging.”
When Groves obtained a spot at the University of Tennessee, Galligan wanted to teach her a lesson and posted the video on Instagram amid the Black Lives Matter protests earlier this year.
Galligan told reporters he wanted Groves to understand the “severity” of the word she had used as a teen and will always remember that he has “taught somebody a lesson.”
The college student, who has one Black parent and the other Caucasian, revealed: “I wanted to get her where she would understand the severity of that word. If I never posted that video, nothing would have ever happened.”
Before the clip was shared, Mimi Groves had been encouraging friends on her social media to take action in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
When the video made it into the public domain, she admitted the use of the word was “disgusting” and said she did not understand the severity at the time.
In an interview, Groves said that her young age also played a part in her mistake.
She shared: “I didn’t understand the severity of the word or the history and context behind it. I was so young, the slur was in all the songs we listened to, and I’m not using that as an excuse.”
Mimi Groves went on to confess that her family has been facing major backlash and public shaming since the video surfaced.
She revealed: “It honestly disgusts me that those words would come out of my mouth. How can you convince somebody that has never met you, and the only thing they’ve ever seen of you is that three-second clip?”
The University of Tennessee issued a statement on Twitter, announcing that a student had been removed from the cheerleading team after reports of racist remarks, as the university takes racism “seriously.”
Jimmy Galligan has begun studying at Vanguard University in California, while Mimi Groves is taking virtual classes with a community college.