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Chico State Student Photo Scandal

A disturbing photo of a member of the Chico State women's soccer team is making the rounds on social media today. The contents have some students outraged, and many are firing back online.

Posted: Jul. 24, 2018 7:34 PM
Updated: Jul. 24, 2018 7:34 PM

A disturbing photo of a member of the Chico State women's soccer team is making the rounds on social media today. The contents have some students outraged, and many are firing back online.


The incriminating photo shows Chico State freshman Kylie Martinez, a soccer athlete smiling into the flash of the camera. Racial slurs and symbols are scrawled across her arm.

Chico state launched an immediate investigation on Friday when the photo first surfaced online. They found that Kylie was not able to consent to having these words written on her. The school also confirms that the person who wrote on Martinez is not a Chico State student, that this incident did not take place in Chico, and that the individual has taken full responsibility for his actions in a written statement.

The university says they see this incident as a valuable opportunity to talk about what consent means. If a person is unable to consent, school officials say, then they are not giving permission for anything to be done to them.

Action News Now efforts to contact Kylie Martinez were unsuccessful. While the incidents leading up to the photograph did not happen on Chico State campus, the university says it takes diversity seriously. Chico State is now a majority-minority campus, and they say they invite students who are concerned by this incident to reach out.

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