Police are looking into a racial incident that allegedly took place Sunday at an Annville eatery, just off campus at Lebanon Valley College.
According to accounts shared widely on social media, Rickey Lee Bugg Jr. of Hummelstown, a college junior and member of the men’s basketball team, was eating with a friend at Just Wing It, 18 E. Main St., when the owner called him a racial slur and told them to get out because he doesn’t need their money.
The incident allegedly occurred at around 1:30 a.m.
Bugg told PennLive that he and the owner exchanged angry words, and he flipped a few chairs over on his way out.
Some people posted on the college’s Facebook page that Bugg was drunk and disorderly during the exchange. Bugg told PennLive that they “weren't being loud, we were just sitting there, watching TV.”
Annville Township police Chief Bernard Dugan said Tuesday morning that no charges have been filed in the incident, and it's “an active investigation.”
At a brief press conference Tuesday afternoon, Dugan said the restaurant complained that Bugg and his friend caused a disturbance because they “were unhappy with their food order.” He said he did not know if anyone was intoxicated during the incident.
Calls to the restaurant on Monday and Tuesday were not answered.
The restaurant’s Facebook page has been disabled since the incident. Yelp, a website where customers can post business reviews, has posted a message noting that the restaurant “recently made waves in the news” and reviews reacting to the news, rather than the quality of service, will be removed.
Gregory H. Krikorian, vice president for student affairs and dean of students at LVC, issued a statement Sunday afternoon acknowledging the incident and offering support to college students.
Krikorian did not identify the students or the restaurant in his statement.
“It has been reported that an employee at the establishment made racially derogatory and offensive comments toward a male black student,” Krikorian wrote. “Other students were present. When the situation escalated, the Annville Police responded and documented the events.”
Krikorian said his office has reached out to the students involved and is offering “broader support to the community” through the student affairs office and the counseling center.
“This incident illustrates the serious challenges facing our community and our society,” Krikorian said.
He noted the college was hosting a Symposium for Inclusive Excellence on Tuesday to provide “an opportunity to explore these challenges and affirm LVC’s values of inclusiveness and respect.”
College spokeswoman Molly O’Brien-Foelsch said Tuesday she has no further updates on the incident.
“Campus leadership has been in contact with local officials to discuss how to move forward and ensure our students are safe and welcome everywhere in Annville,” she said.
In November, racist signs and graffiti were seen at the college, earning a backlash from students and staff.