Young adults in college aren’t necessarily the brightest light bulbs in the socket. One of my professors always said college campuses are filled with stupid people, who pay a lot of money to learn things they’ll probably never use in life. I’m not sure I agree with it, learning things you’ll never use in life, but I definitely witnessed first hand the stupid things that can occur on a college campus.
Recently on the Austin campus of the University of Texas, several reports were filed by Asian and Black students suggesting they were the targets of bleach bombing while walking on campus. In response to the incidents students, alumni and faculty members protested the attacks. Although these incidents occurred between June and September, Cindy Posey, public information officer for the UT police department, said the students recently came forward after the UT police launched their investigation.
“We had heard at UT rumors of incidents that had happened, but no one had ever filed a report,” Posey said. “Our chief of police did his own research, found some things on Facebook, and heard about a couple of people who were hit by balloons.
“Chief Robert Dahlstrom reached out to the kids and said to them, ‘Why have you not filed a report?’ So [on Monday] four people came forward and filed reports.”
A Black student said he was hit twice on two separate occasions. “It’s very frustrating to know that it’s 2012 and that stuff like this still happens,” UT student Jaysen Runnels told ABC News affiliate KVUE-TV. “A bleach bomb fell and hit me, my roommate,” said Runnels, who is among the students who filed a police report. “Well, almost hit us. It barely missed us.”
In reading the comment section on several articles posted about these incidents, in an effort to defuse the idea of these attacks being racially motivated, many comments were left by white students claiming that they were subjects to these balloon attacks as well. Although no suspects have been identified, UT authorities are working to solve the issue. “UT is an incredibly diverse community, and we are adamantly opposed to anything resembling any kind of racial discrimination,” she said. “So we are working really hard to get to the bottom of it. We’re talking to people and trying to find out what happened.”