Riverhead senior loses scholarship following racially charged Snapchat post
A Riverhead High School senior lost her scholarship to a Division 1 college because of a racially charged Snapchat post.
Leah Zenk recently had her admission and athletic scholarship rescinded by Marquette University over a social media post the school deemed "offensive."
Her family says the D1 lacrosse player is trying to turn the negative into a positive. A family member told News 12's Shari Einhorn by phone. "She made the mistake. She's owning the mistake. She's living with the mistake and she's using it as a teachable moment for younger students and athletes."
News 12 is told the 17-year-old posted her initial Snapchat at midnight, woke up the next morning and saw how it was being interpreted. She immediately went back on to clarify her feelings.
The initial post said, "some ppl think it's ok to (expletive) kneel during the national anthem so it's ok to kneel on someone's head. come at me. y'all brainwashed. kinda disgusting lowkey."
Her second post reads in part, "What happened to Mr. Floyd is terrible. I never said it wasn't. What I wrote was worded poorly and then taken out of context. What I meant to say is kneeling on someone's head and kneeling during the national anthem are both extremely disrespectful and it's very upsetting..."
A spokesman for Marquette University says the decision to immediately rescind the admissions offer and athletics scholarship happened after an internal review.
At this point, it is unclear what Zenk's plans are moving forward.