OXFORD, MS — Shortly after midnight on Wednesday morning a disturbance started near the center of the University of Mississippi campus, where students gathered to protest the Tuesday night re-election of President Barack Obama.
Initial reports on Twitter labeled the gathering as a “riot,” but observers said it was simply angry students assembled in protest.
Students were heard shouting racial epithets about Obama and African Americans in general.
Police were called to the scene and the crowd broke up around 12:30 a.m.
A dispatcher with the university police department said he could not release any details on why police were called to campus.
One Twitter user, @BIGSMOOV012, shared a photo that showed several students crowding into an intersection where police allegedly responded. The crowd did not appear to be doing anything but mulling around.
Twitter user @CaMeshaLaShay tweeted another photo showing young males burning an Obama/Biden 2012 sign. It is unclear if this photo was taken on the Ole Miss campus.
News Watch 99, the student-run news station, said there were no riots as once reported.
The Daily Mississippian, the student newspaper, reported students were throwing rocks at cars and using racial slurs.