Black, Asian Students Hit With Bleach Balloons at University of Texas

The assaults on students of color prompted a student-led march against racism.

Posted: 10/04/2012 01:06 PM EDT
Students of Color Targeted at University of Texas

Students at the University of Texas staged a march this week after a series of anonymous attacks where students of color were hit with bleach-filled balloons.

"A bleach-bomb fell and hit me, my roommate; well almost hit us. It barely missed us," student Jaysen Runnels told ABC affiliate KVUE. "It's very frustrating to know that it's 2012 and that stuff like this still happens."

Students say the balloon bombings have occurred for months now, but the attacks only recently came to light after local law enforcement took an interest.

"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,” Cindy Posey, public information officer for the UT police department told Good Morning America. "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."

Each of the four incidents occurred while the students were walking past an off-campus university apartment complex. The students say the balloons were thrown at them from a balcony. Despite the targets being Black, Asian and Latino students, some still aren’t convinced that the attacks were racially motivated.

"I see it from my balcony," student Pete Desai told KVUE. "I think it is just who ever happens to walk by at the time."

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