The La Salle Bajio University reported that he dismissed two French students who were on exchange at his campus, after they made fun of Mexico and Mexicans on social networks. In addition to expulsion, the young people will be repatriated to France, where they are expected to be punished for their acts of racism and xenophobia.
One of the foreign students, identified as maximum, shared Instagram a post that said: “First month with the indigenous” (sic). And then he translated it into his native language for those who don’t understand Spanish: “Pour les non-bilingues: primer mois chez les indigènes.” After the controversy, the @maxime18 account is no longer available.
There is also a photograph circulating of another student from France sitting on a toilet, with his pants down and covering himself with the Mexican flag. Internet users noticed a detail in the image that caused more outrage: there is no toilet paper. Therefore, they deduced that the young man was indirectly saying how he would use the native labarum.
The posts went viral after being shared by students from the Universidad de la Salle Bajío and other users. In addition to criticizing the French students for despising the country that received them, Internet users called for punishment for offending the Mexican flag.
“Do these people study? Because I have been in Mexican towns and indigenous people have more values and education than these ‘studied’”, “Why do people go to countries they despise? I don’t understand it” and “That they call us indigenous doesn’t bother me, with great pride I can say that I have indigenous origin, but the lack of respect for our native lábaro is inexcusable”, are some comments that circulate in networks.
La Salle University dropped exchange students
Through its social networks, the La Salle Bajío University, located in León, Guanajuato, reported that it canceled the stay in Mexico of both students and they will be returned to France.
“Based on the General Academic Regulations for Higher Level Studies, we have made the decision to terminate the exchange process for these young people,” the statement said. “They will return to their institution of origin shortly, where they will receive the corresponding sanction,” they add.
“As a Lasallian University, coexistence in harmony and respect for others is a priority, and in our Community there can be no room for expressions that imply any degree of discrimination, racism or intolerance,” the text states.
La Salle’s decision was well received by netizens, despite the fact that those involved will not receive sanctions from the Mexican government. It should be remembered that our laws contemplate severe punishments for acts of outrage against the national emblems: the Coat of Arms, the Flag and the National Anthem.
The apology of one of the french students
After the viral controversy, a Facebook group called ‘Puro De La Salle Campestre’ shared the supposed response of Maxime Tsr Perpoil. In the message, the young man says that they are both sorry and that they did not want to offend anyone.
“The two photos of my Instagram and my friend were very clumsy of us. I got a lot of messages on Instagram and I can’t even blame you, but I promise you our goal wasn’t to offend you,” he explains.
“If we chose Mexico for an exchange it was because we wanted to discover this country and we really enjoyed it. Our intention was never to disrespect you and your country. We talk to the administration and explain the mistake of what we did and that we regret what we have done. We are truly sorry,” she concluded.
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