A law student, Robbie Travers of Edinburgh University is being investigated by his university and is likely to face sanctions for allegedly mocking ISIS on social media and “putting minority students at risk and in a state of panic”
Robbie Travers is being probed by Edinburgh University amid claims he committed a 'hate crime', despite no criminal investigation by the police.
He made the claims in a Facebook post after the US Air Force bombed an ISIS stronghold in Afghanistan in April.
The 21-year-old student’s comments attracted backlash from fellow student Esme Allman, who filed a complaint with the school authorities accusing him of “blatant Islamaphobia”.
Following the air attack in April Mr Traves wrote: “I'm glad we could bring these barbarians a step closer to collecting their 72 virgins”
A second-year history student, Ms Allman claimed Mr Travers’ comments “put minority students at risk and in a state of panic” which is in breach of the student code of conduct of the school.
However, according to The Times Robbie Travers said his post came in retaliation to Ms Allman’s alleged calling of “black men trash”.
Mr Travers had reportedly sparked an earlier controversy over inflammatory comments made on gender issues.
He has responded to the investigation initiated by his school as he wrote on Facebook last night “Afraid I've been a little more quiet as I have been accused of Islamophobia because I mocked ISIS, and I'm being investigated on such a ground by my University.
“Mocking ISIS allegedly made Islamic and minority students feel 'threatened' and 'unsafe,' so goes the complainant's ramblings.
“Have engaged legal advice to dismiss this nonsense. Wish me luck.”
The controversy is heated more between Ms. Allman who identifies herself online as “a self-proclaimed feminist and womanist from inner-city London”.
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Creating a truly intersectional campaign is incredibly important to me and my first job will be to work alongside the other liberation groups to ensure EUSA are fully representative of our views.
“Here at Edinburgh I want BME Students to engage in conversations about the issues that affect us.”