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More Balloon Attacks Reported Against Minority Students In West Campus

Updated: Tuesday, September 10 2013, 08:27 AM CDT
Controversy on the UT campus: more reports of balloon attacks against minority students. Now students say something must change, after similar reports of balloons being filled with bleach or some other substance being thrown at students of color in the West Campus area in August and last year.

Just days after a rally calling for an end to racism at UT, two new reports of bleach balloons or some other substance being dropped on students surface. Students say two more attacks have happened: the first, a UT student at 24th and Nueces, the second a student visiting from Texas A&M hit at 25th and Longview on August 31. This just blocks from the prestigious school where around half of the 50,000 or so students are students of color. Overnight, here's what students and recent grads at UT told us they'd like to see the administration do.

"I think just making sure students are aware of these issues," said Chris Pan, a recent UT graduate. "Really promoting the diversity and the culture that I think that campus provides."

"I think punishment of some sort would be definitely in order," said Ashley Tanner, a current UT student. "Just awareness, just to make people realize that this is not okay, and if it continues to happen then in my opinion enrollment rates are definitely going to drop just because who wants to be subjected to something like that?"

On Tuesday afternoon, UT's Black Student Alliance is asking students and Austinites to rally and discuss "issues surrounding recent ballooning attacks in West Campus and racial climate at the University of Texas at Austin" on campus. The rally is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. on the West Mall near the UT Tower.

Police are asking anyone who may have had a similar experience to report it. More Balloon Attacks Reported Against Minority Students In West Campus


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