U of I students attack chancellor on Twitter after no snow day call

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Students at the University of Illinois were so upset they had to go to class during the cold weather, they verbally attacked the school’s chancellor.

Chancellor Phyllis Wise sent a message saying school would be in session Monday.

She encouraged students to prepare for the winter weather. Some students did — braving the cold without complaint.

But more than 8,000 students didn’t want to go class, and signed a petition trying to change Wise’s mind.

When that didn’t work, some decided to vent online, some posting racist and sexist comments directed at the chancellor.

One tweet suggested violence against her and compared her to Adolf Hitler, while another likened her to the North Korean dictator, another tweet focused on her Asian ethnicity and disparaged her for being a woman.

Some tweets defended her and expressed embarrassment and urged students to be more adult-like and suggested that the people sending in the inappropriate tweets should get more education and stay in class.

No disciplinary action is planned against the students who sent the tweets. University police determined there was no “threat,’’ and they are not planning any disciplinary action, and characterized it as “a free speech issue.’’

Classes are still in session.

Wise was not upset after learning from colleagues about the tweets and received an outpouring of positive messages Monday.

-Chicago Tribune contributed to this report

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