Wash. U. students meet after photo of students dressed as terrorist surfaces

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- The Muslim Student Association at Washington University held a meeting Thursday to talk about a controversial photo some students posted on Facebook.

The students came as “Seal Team 6″ to a Halloween party last week. The costume came complete with Osama Bin Laden, the American flag and water pistols.

The student dressed as Bin Laden wore a fake beard.

Several students reported the picture to university officials and used Facebook to condemn the picture.

This is part of Mahroh Jahangiri’s Facebook post, “I am asking – I am begging my friends and peers at WU do look beyond the group with which they ‘identify’ and RAISE HELL ABOUT THIS. Be loud even if this doesn’t target you. Demand a response on behalf of the handful of WU students this photo ripped to pieces. This is disgusting and cannot be tolerated on this campus. There are very few Muslim students on this campus, and our voice is not loud enough. For those of you who had not heard of this until now, now you have. What are we going to do to change this?”

In an interview with Fox 2's Anthony Kiekow Jahangiri said that the picture "scary."

"I don't know if it was Osama Bin Laden, but I have many family members who have beards," she said.

Thursday's student meeting was aimed at ending any rumors about the picture and developing a plan to make Muslim students on campus feel accepted.

The university is still investigating the incident, but at this point the students in the picture have not been disciplined.

 Bin Laden costume sparks controversy at Wash U.


  • aljka

    If the Muslim students don’t like it, go to a school somewhere that only has Muslims. It was halloween get over it ! Anything goes!

  • Brian

    I see three people dressed up for Halloween, two dressed up like American heroes who sacrifice their lives to fight for our Freedoms, to protect this nation from the evil that lurks in the world. I see these heroic figures capturing one of the most vile terrorist criminals of this generation. I see Justice being served. I see patriotism remembering this historic event.

  • Shannon

    “I don’t know if it was Osama Bin Laden, but I have many family members who have beards,” she said.

    So do I. Should I and all people who have family members with beards be offended?

    This country is G.O.N.E.

  • Butcher

    If this offends someone who murdered 3000 Americans then GO HOME! This really makes me sick that it gets attention from Wash.U officals.

  • ginder

    these kids are to young to remember 9/11. all of us adults will never forget that day. if it offends them, what about all the americans and their families that were changed forever.

  • jm kest

    ging’. ‘Raise hell’ ‘be loud’ ‘demand’ ‘ripping to pieces’ This overwrought language is directed at a photo of young men in costume aiming super soakers at a caricaturized person who implemented the murder of children. The photo is buffoonery targeting the death of a murderer because he was a murderer not because he was anything else – including bearded. Are Muslim Americans badly depicted? Often. Is this an example of that? No. No more than Inglorious Basterds was an insult to Germans.

  • Randy

    This PC is getting carried away. It has to stop, it was Halloween and he was a murderer. Tired of everyone getting offended about every little thing. I am sure If I looked around hard enough I could find something that offends me. people get a LIFE.

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