A Florida State University (FSU) student accused of posting a racist video on her social media networks is claiming she was hacked.
In the 6-second video clip, first posted to Amanda Thurston‘s Vine account, a camera pans around a group of students at a bazaar at the college. It features a caption reading, “Welcome to FAMU…I mean FSU. #monkeyseverywhere.” FAMU (Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University ) is a historically Black college.
The video spread to her Twitter and Facebook accounts, which were all deactivated.
Speaking with the Tallahassee Democrat last Friday, Thurston said someone broke into her social media accounts and posted the video. She also claimed to have filed a report with the FSU Police Department over the alleged hacking.
Though no suspects have been apprehended, assistant FSU chief Maj. Jim Russell confirmed Thurston’s report and “we have started investigating an unlawful access to a computer case.”
According to Russell, the possible hacking would constitute a second-degree felony. The department is also reaching out to the social media networks to locate where the hack may have originated.