UVA’s President Apologizes To Students Hurt In White Nationalist Rally

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The president of the University of Virginia offered an apology to students injured in last year's Charlottesville riots.

President Jim Ryan didn't mince words Saturday, calling participants of last year's "Unite the Right" rally "white supremacists," "neo-Nazis" and "lost souls."

Ryan became UVA's president earlier this month. The school's leadership has been criticized in the the past for not condemning violence at the rally, which left one person dead, harshly enough. Ryan's apology was reportedly the first from the president's office.

A statement by Ryan on behalf of the university read in part: "We do nothing more than to recognize our common humanity to say to those who were attacked around the statue last year, I am sorry. We are sorry."

Ryan said he thought the apology was "important for the process of healing."