UCLA Student Alexandra Wallace Apologizes to Campus' Asians
Alexandra Wallace's online rant sparked national debate over free speech.
March 19, 2011— -- Alexandra Wallace, the UCLA student whose viral video rant about Asians sparked outrage and a nationwide debate about free speech, will face no disciplinary action by the university and reportedly plans to withdraw from school.
UCLA's Daily Bruin newspaper posted a letter online Friday in which the student newspaper said Wallace apologized for offending "the UCLA community and the entire Asian culture."
"I made a mistake. My mistake, however, has lead [sic] to the harassment of my family, the publishing of my personal information, death threats and being ostracized from an entire community," read the letter the Daily Bruin said was released through a spokesman for the Wallace family.
The school's administration considers the matter closed, UCLA spokesman Phil Hampton told ABCNews.com.
"While some of the sentiments that were expressed in the video were hurtful, appalling and offensive, we have not uncovered any acts that violated the student code of conduct," Hampton said. "We have no intention of pursuing the matter further."
Hampton added that the university "zealously protects freedom of expression, however misguided or offensive to our core values that speech may be."
He added that the university was "disappointed with some of the threatening and vitriolic language that has been used by some in response to the video.
"Accordingly, for personal safety reasons, I have chosen to no longer attend classes at UCLA," Wallace said.
A junior political science major, Wallace received death threats after her videotaped tirade, which was titled "Asians in the Library," was posted last Friday, the same day the earthquake and tsunami hit.
In the video, which went viral over the weekend, Wallace vented about "the hordes of Asian people" at UCLA and mocked them for talking on the phone in the library. "Ohhhh! Ching chong ling long ting tong!" she said, imitating an Asian student talking on the phone.