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Watch: Calif. Student Arrested After Racist, Homophobic Harangue, Property Destruction

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Tuesday February 11, 2020

Dayton Kingery
Dayton Kingery  (Source:Orange Police Department)

A 21-year-old student at a California university found himself under arrest and expelled from the school after launching into a tirade filled with racist and anti-LGBTQ slurs, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Orange County police arrested Dayton Kingery after the jeremiad, which allegedly included Kingery announcing that he had been drinking. The LA Times reported that a video on Twitter purportedly shows footage of that incident, and the video shows a man - seemingly a student - using racist and homophobic slurs, jabbing another young man with a finger, and then stomping on a backpack.

The Root shared details of what transpires in the videos that have circulated widely on social media.

The Root reports that the man in the videos can be heard uttering these words:

"Been drinking Bacardi all day [n-word]."

"I @#$%ing hate [N-words]."

"Got any [n-words] in here?"

The student then allegedly followed up with an equally offensive anti-gay slur.

Video footage shows that other students intervened, escorting the allegedly disruptive student out of the classroom. Someone tossed a backpack to the student, evidently believing it to belonged to him. The student then reportedly said the backpack did not belong to him, tossed it away, and stomped on it, damaging a computer that was inside, reports said.

The details about the content of the videos seem to align with the reports of what supposedly happened on Feb. 4 in a Chapman University classroom.

The Orange County Register reported that Chapman University officials took swift action in the aftermath of the outburst.

The president of the university, Daniele Struppa, offered her "deepest apologies to the Black and LGBTQIA communities who were specifically targeted during today's incident," and added, "Racist and homophobic conduct will not be tolerated on this campus and we took decisive and swift action. As of this afternoon, the individual responsible for this incident is no longer a student at Chapman University."

Reports noted that in addition to the other charges, Kingery also faces a rap of "elder abuse for having "scuffled" with a "public safety officer" who was more than 65 years of age.

Local news station KCAL 9 reported on the incident, also, saying that the student had to restrained by police while he was being arrested. The news clip also reported that campus security has been beefed up in the wake of the incident.

Watch the KCAL news clip below.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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