Racially-charged image ignites firestorm at Marquette University

NOW: Racially-charged image ignites firestorm at Marquette University

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A racially-charged image ignites a firestorm at Marquette University.

The photo shows four young men pointing a fake gun at a black baby doll.

We spoke to the University Provost Dan Myers who said that Marquette Police have identified the men in the photo but could not say if they're students.

Myers says a female student first reported the image to school officials. 

"It was a very racially charged image that looked in which some folks were threatening another person. We have a conduct process that's very robust here and we will use that conduct process," said Myers.

Marquette University also says they interviewed a person involved in sending the picture and sent out a statement which said in part, "Incidents like this are completely unacceptable. This is not who we aim to be."

The statement went on to say, "We will make every effort to ensure every member of the campus community feels safe."

The school says they are launching a review of the incident and they take the issue very seriously. 

To read the full message from the university regarding the incident, click here

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