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‘Mean’ student sends prank racist e-mail to Disney World November 13, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, E-Mail, email, Racism, Racist.

An Aberdeen student almost cost a friend a job by sending a racist e-mail in her name after an argument, a court has heard.    Samantha Mitchell, 20, used her friend’s password to send the e-mail. Mitchell asked Disney World if the victim would be working with any black people during a summer job, and said she did not want to be touched by them.

Sentence on Mitchell, who admitted using the password without permission, was deferred at Aberdeen Sheriff Court. Fiscal depute Mhairi Morrison told the court: “The accused had sent the e-mail from the computer address to another friend and also Disney World in Florida.

“During March the complainer received a call from a representative of Disney World informing her that as a result of the e-mail she was no longer suitable for employment.

“They then sent her a copy of the e-mail. The accused was pretending to be her friend. It indicated that she was drunk and possibly under the influence of drugs.”

‘Very mean’

The police were then contacted, and immunology student Mitchell admitted committing the offence on 22 February.

The victim then managed to secure the job.

Defence solicitor Ross Taggart said: “Clearly this was a vindictive action. She fully accepts it was a very nasty thing to do.

“She was obviously pleased her friend got her job back. She is very ashamed and sorry.”

Sheriff Kenneth Stewart told her: “That was a very mean thing to do.”

He then deferred sentence for six months for her to be of good behaviour.

After the hearing, Mitchell said: “There was a fall-out between me and my flatmates.

“But I feel incredibly stupid. It was completely out of character and I’m incredibly sorry for what I did.”

Source: BBC News

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