The University of Richmond on Wednesday rescinded its admission offer to Adam Giaquinto, a 2020 graduate of the Morristown-Beard School who mocked police brutality victim George Floyd in a Snapchat video posted over the weekend.
His fellow MBS alum, gridiron star Nate Panza, was dropped from the Cornell University football team on Tuesday over his use of the N-word in the same video.
Colgate University also withdrew its acceptance of Sarah Laud, another recent graduate of Morristown-Beard, over a TikTok video she posted that belittled African Americans.
Giaquinto’s “offensive and racially charged video” does not reflect the University of Richmond’s “values or its commitment to a thriving and inclusive community,” the University tweeted.
“The University of Richmond remains steadfastly committed to fostering a thriving, inclusive community, and to our enduring values of diversity, inclusivity, and equity,” the school said.
Attempts to reach Giaquinto, Laud and Panza were unsuccessful. In a statement to the Cornell Daily Sun, Panza apologized and asked for a second chance.
Giaquinto received a Founder’s Award at Morristown-Beard, and participated in an “Out of Darkness Walk” to raise awareness for suicide prevention. The Morris Township prep school has removed articles about Giaquinto and Panza from its website.
Headmaster Peter Caldwell told the MBS community on Sunday that such videos are “unacceptable…and hurtful,” and not representative of the institution, which dates to 1891. A task force will re-examine the school’s diversity programs and policies, he said.