-- College students across the country are speaking out in response to Facebook pages purporting to represent “White Student Unions” on their campuses.
“It’s sad,” Simpkins said. “Everyone is not a protester. Some people hide behind a keyboard and I expect to see more people speak out on their college campuses.”
Recent racial tensions at Mizzou forced the university's president, Timothy Wolfe, to step down.
The Facebook pages in question have not been verified as legitimate student organizations registered with their respective universities. Mizzou, Penn State and the University of California, Berkeley released Facebook statements saying the pages are not affiliated with their campuses and do not represent their values.
“It’s upsetting,” Brooke Jin, a sophomore at Penn State University said in response to the "Penn State White Student Union" page. "I personally feel the groups are incredibly insensitive."
Other students are complaining that the creation of these groups and the response by universities to remove the pages are a violation of free speech.
Spencer Simpson, a senior at the University of California, Berkeley, called the pages "a ridiculous joke."
“Fundamentally, everyone has a right to free speech but it should always be metered with passion, empathy and respect and something that makes a mockery of existing organizations and histories that exist as responses to oppression should be critically assessed,” Simpson said.
ABC News reached out to representatives at the three schools and was directed to the schools’ Facebook page with the statement.