Named and pictured: The five students sending racist messages in the Exeter group chat
One student’s graduate scheme has been revoked following the incident
The Tab can exclusively reveal the faces of the five Exeter students responsible for the racist messages sent in a Law Society's football group chat.
Their identities have been confirmed by Arsalan Motavali, a fellow Exeter student and member of Bracton Law Society, who was also in the group chat and posted the screenshots of the messages on Facebook last night.
These are the five students responsible for the messages and what we know about them so far:
Alex Crawford, Pro-Bono Officer at Bracton Law Society
Alex Crawford appears to joke about how "you only need to go as far as Mauritania to get slaves."
He is the Pro-Bono Officer at Bracton Law Society at Exeter. Also, according to his LinkedIn, which has now been deleted, he is a current brand representative at RPC Law and a bartender at Mitchell's & Butlers PLC in Rickmansworth.
Since the messages surfaced online, RPC have confirmed to The Tab that they have terminated their involvement with Alex.
Matthew Bell, General Secretary at Bracton Law Society
Matthew Bell, General Secretary of BLS is alleged to have made several racist comments and rape jokes, including slurs like "n****r" and "p**i."
Matthew had a training contract at Hill Dickinson, which has now been revoked.
Ash Chandraharan, current Bracton Law Society co-captain
Ash Chandraharan, current BLS football co-captain and running for BLS General Secretary, wrote how he will "lead the charge against his own color."
He was a tutor at Explore Learning and a Secretary at EC Obstetric Legal & Training Limited. He went to Sutton Grammar School for Boys before going to study Law at Exeter.
Since learning about the incident, Explore Learning have terminated Ash's employment. They told The Tab: “Explore Learning have been investigating this matter and as a result the individual concerned is no longer an employee.
“We want to stress that the behaviour and actions of those involved are in stark contrast to the values of Explore Learning.”
James Cranstone, second year Law student at Exeter University
James Cranstone, second year Law student, told the group, "guess who got a placement n***a sluts."
According to his LinkedIn, James is from Surrey and works as a Customer Service Assistant at Waitrose. He also said he was is a Student Volunteer at Dechert LLP, but a representative from the firm told us he only came to one event organised by them and was never associated with their name.
Bailey Grant, first year Law student at Exeter University
Bailey Grant, first year Law student, tells the rest of the group, "this is why we need a race war. Sorry Ash, sacrifices have to be made, nothing personal."
The student who posted screenshots of the messages he had received in the 'Dodgy Blokes Soc' group chat, did so to expose the widespread use of racial slurs and derogatory terms used by two committee members.
Following the incident, Bracton Law Society have released the following statement:
"Bracton Law Society has taken the decision to remove those involved from committee, ban the candidate from the ongoing election and indefinitely ban all those involved from the Society. The Society does not condone or tolerate such behaviour."
Update: Matthew Bell has now released an apology for the messages he sent in the chat.
He said to the BBC: "I will not attempt to excuse and deny any of the statements I have made. The comments, which I shall not repeat, are inexcusable and undeniably wrong.
"I would like to make it publicly known that I do not honestly believe any of the things I have said."
The Tab has contacted all students involved for comment. The other four students are yet to respond.
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