An investigation has been launched into Durham University’s “posh lad” freshers who exchanged vile and disturbing messages about sleeping with the “poorest girl” on campus.
Ahead of freshers’ week on September 28, vile messages have surfaced from a group of “posh lads” at the University of Durham, who discussed sexual assault and drug use.
‘Durham Boys Making All The Noise’, or so the group has called themselves, has faced controversy after one of the chats – that includes 60 members – has surfaced in which sexual assault has been discussed.
The messages were leaked onto the ‘Overheard at Durham Uni’ Facebook page and exposed to all the students.
The chat has since been slammed by university bosses and has been said to be “entirely unacceptable” for those who were involved.
Those that are uncovered to be behind the disturbing messages are going to be kicked out, according to the university.
In the lads’ group chat a series of sexist and offensive messages were exchanged and some of the jokes were even based around rape, the Tab reports.
In the discussion, one of the members joked: “I did buttering for a bit and sexual assault comes with the job.”
Another wrote: “Yh n aren’t Durham dead on it w sexism n all that since that lad from durham was accused of rape a few years ago.”
One person then said: “So many people get accused of rape. I’m always worried about it after.”
In response, one commented: “I know maybe 15 girls who say they’ve been raped and not one taken to court. Or a police report.
“And women will always believe women mostly.”
Those in the group chat were reminded that they would have to keep the messages private and it was instructed: “First rule about boys club… You don’t talk about boys club”.
This was followed by “Who tf leaks a lads chat fr” and “I’m not a snitch so I’m not about to rat you out from the other group convo”.
One member said: “But keep out of it like, everything we say should be taken with a pinch of salt, that’s what epitomises a lad or boy”.
A reference was then made to “10 lads who got fined and excluded from uni… For making sexist jokes”.
A person then quipped in: “Time to go all Gestapo on this chat then ey”.
After the messages were uncovered, one student wrote to the university: “I hope you’re aware that there’s a freshers ‘lads’ group chat with loads of boys discussing ways to use date rape drugs on girls, discussing them like objects and making plans to ‘shag the poorest girl’. Disgusting.
“Show us how much you condemn this behaviour with your actions. Show us how much you care about the safety of your students. Will you allow them on campus with their quite clear intent?”
Since the messages have surfaced, many students and parents have expressed their concern for the safety of women joining Durham University this month.
One woman, who claimed she was a mother of a student, said: “This is just awful behaviour and as a mother, it scares me to death that boys who are only 18 are capable of being so disgusting towards women.”
Durham University has responded to those concerned and said they were aware of the “utterly abhorrent comments” and that they are in violation of the university’s community uphold.
An investigation has been launched into the message and it has been urged that anyone who has been affected by the messages contact welfare support.
Jeremy Cook, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience), said: “The University has been made aware of some utterly abhorrent comments on social media that we understand may have been posted by Durham students.
“Durham University utterly condemns the content and behaviour demonstrated in these social media posts. This is entirely unacceptable and violates the values and behaviours that we uphold as a University community.
“We instigated an immediate investigation by our student disciplinary team as soon as we were made aware of these social media posts. If these posts are found to be genuine and attributable, we will take action to ensure that those involved will have no place at Durham University.
“Any of our students who have been affected by this social media activity are advised to contact welfare support or their colleges who will be able to offer them help and support.
“Our students are regularly reminded to display positive and collegial conduct, and exercise responsibility and respect for others, particularly through their social media interactions.”