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Washington students return to campus after racial attacks on social media

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SEATTLE (AP) — Most, but not all, students returned to Western Washington University on Monday as campus police continued to investigate racial attacks against the school’s black students and others on social media.

At a public forum Monday morning about last week’s hate speech posted on Yik Yak and other social media, one student said she had to force herself to come to campus to speak about the incident.

Classes were canceled last Tuesday, the day before the scheduled Thanksgiving break, after administrators learned about the online threats that included threats of violence against the student body president, who is black. The university has asked Yik Yak to turn over the names of the commenters, who posted pictures of the student, a gun and references to lynching and nooses.