An effigy of Barack Obama is said to have been torched by members of the Conservative Student Association at St Andrews University in the U.K..
The statue of the US President is said to have been set alight during a meeting at the weekend, sparking outrage from local MPs and the Scottish University.
The group has since apologised for their actions.
“President Obama is an important ally to the British government. It was a stupid thing to do and we apologise for any offence caused,” Matthew Marshall, president of the St Andrews Conservative Association, said.
The university, which said it was “aware of the reports,” has asked to meet the president of the society to discuss the matter.
“We are aware of reports of this incident and have asked to meet the society president to discuss the very understandable concerns which these reports have raised. Until that meeting has taken place, it would be inappropriate to make further comment,” a spokesman for the University of St Andrews said.
The same society is said to have burned effigies of former South African president Nelson Mandela in the past.
John Park, Labour MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, whose constituency includes the university, said:
“These people need to spend some time in the real world. Burning an effigy of anyone is offensive, let alone the first black president of the United States. The overtones are deeply unpleasant.”