MANHATTAN, Kan. — Kansas State University is distancing itself from a derogatory photo tagged to its Facebook site that depicts two young women in apparent blackface along with a racist slur.

University spokesman Jeff Morris says neither woman is a student at Kansas State. He says one attended last spring, but had not enrolled for the fall semester.

He says the offensive photo came to the university’s attention Thursday morning and was taken down because it was not considered appropriate. He says Kansas State can’t control who tags to their site.

Morris says there is “nothing else for us to do,” other than to continue to meet with students and encourage people to be nice and kind to each other.

The posting caused a dustup on social media and made national headlines.