Parody account trolls Temple University with ‘White Student Union’ prank

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Updated: 3:10 p.m.

The account, which popped up last week, just admitted that they were not real. They claim that they were a “social experiment” to see how much people fact check the things they see on the internet.


Updated: 2:51 p.m.

The Temple White Student Union has been getting a lot of flack and making a lot of people really angry on Twitter.

The group(which has been around since 1988, the Declaration reports) is supposedly holding a prayer meeting in support of the police officer, Darren Wilson, who was not indicted for killing 18-year old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Some of their tweets and interactions with other users give us an idea of what they’re all about.

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The groups’s tweets, seen above, have drawn some consternation. Tyler Williams, a sophomore at Temple University who got involved in a debate with the group on Twitter, said that he thinks the group is a “joke,” and if they do actually hold a prayer for Darren Wilson on Tuesday at 6 p.m. on campus, there will be trouble.

It’s unclear at this point as to who is behind the group. While it was recognized by the school in 1988, Temple reached out to Billy Penn and said the group is not currently officially recognized or registered with the university.

“If it’s actually a true meeting, then personally I think they’re out of control. This is definitely people trying to justify what’s going on with the Mike Brown situation,” he said. “You can honestly tell this group was made out of spite, it wasn’t something that was done with somebody’s actual interest in mind.”

Other responses ranged from disbelief to anger.

Whether or not the meeting will be held tomorrow though, Williams said there is tension on campus. “In the last couple of weeks, it’s definitely split up, not necessarily in class … but on the back side of it, when we intermingle in our clubs and in our events, we’ve been split” between those involved in the protests and those who are not.

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