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Hampden-Sydney College Reports Post-Election Racial Unrest

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in Columbus, Ohio. It's not just President Barack Obama's lackluster debate that has some Democrats on edge less than a month from Election Day. Party loyalists, both in Washington and in battleground states, fret that Obama's campaign isn't aggressive enough in blocking Romney's pivot to the political center, and they fear Romney's new efforts to show a softer side give him an opening with female voters. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Officials say about 40 students at a small all-men’s college in Virginia shouted racial slurs, threw bottles and set off fireworks outside the Minority Student Union within hours after President Barack Obama’s re-election.

Hampden-Sydney College President Chris Howard said in an email to parents Thursday that the disturbance early Wednesday also included threats of physical violence.

Howard is the college’s first African-American president. He said in the email that he was disappointed in the “harmful, senseless episode” and that bigotry has no place on the campus of 1,080. About 9 percent are black.

The racially tinged disturbance is the second reported protest sparked by Obama’s re-election. A protest at the University of Mississippi in Oxford late Tuesday involved about 400 people who shouted racial slurs. Two people were arrested.