ABILENE, Texas - No charges will be filed against five Hardin-Simmons University students who placed fake parking tickets containing offensive messages on vehicles at Abilene Christian University.
ACU Police Chief Jimmy Ellison said all the recipients of the racially and sexually explicit citations have been interviewed and have declined to press charges.
"For that reason, there will be no charges forwarded to the local District Attorney's Office for consideration," Ellison said in a statement.
Ellison said the investigation into the matter has been concluded. ACU police had been investigating the case since the offensive tickets were left on vehicles on March 18.
ACU spokesman Grant Rampy, in a note to the media, added: "It is not the place of ACU or our police department to press charges if those affected by the incident do not wish to do so."
Rampy said ACU will not be making additional comments.
Previously, HSU President Lanny Hall labeled the students' actions as "shameful" and said they didn't reflect the values, attitudes and characters of that university.
According to the HSU news release, the suspects' actions were to be investigated through the HSU Office of Student Life and, as appropriate, disciplinary actions addressed through the university's student misconduct process.
It is unclear what, if any, action HSU has taken against the students.
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