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Student Charged In Graffiti Case Withdraws From Ohio School

One of two Miami University students charged in connection with offensive graffiti in a residential hall has withdrawn from school, and the second says he plans to.

Nineteen-year-old William Armour says in an "open letter" sent to The Associated Press that he didn't live up to the school's ethics code and feels that his continued presence on campus would be "a distraction" that brings unwanted media attention to the school.

Student Samir Lal said Wednesday by email he apologizes and is withdrawing.

School president David Hodge called the graffiti "profane, racist, sexist, anti-Semitic and homophobic" in a university-wide message Monday.

Armour claims he wrote only one statement on the hall information board, and that he isn't "a racist or a bigot."

He and Lal still face charges of criminal mischief.