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University Of Texas Investigates Another Possible Attack Against Minority Student

UT junior Bryan Davis

An investigation is underway over a so-called “bleach bomb” attack reportedly perpetrated against an African-American student at the University of Texas at Austin. The incident echoes similar occurrences that shook the school’s minority community last year and sparked campus protests.

The student who was apparently targeted, UT junior Bryan Davis, told Austin-based FOX 7 that he was walking to a friend’s house past an apartment complex popular with students when he was hit with what he says was a chemical-filled balloon.

“I kind of just hear something exploding near me and I feel a light sting on my leg,” Davis told FOX 7.

The 21-year-old also said he believes he was targeted because of his skin color.

Bleach, a chemical used to whiten clothes, makes a potentially derogatory statement when thrown at a minority student.

“People might look at it as a prank, but to be a minority at such a large school, even pranks like this, it doesn’t come off the way you think it might when you’re doing it,” he told FOX 7, adding that the incident was “humiliating and embarrassing.”

Last fall, multiple reports of bleach-filled balloons being thrown at UT minority students made national headlines and prompted a contentious march through the same West Campus neighborhood where Davis reported the alleged attack. Some students claimed last year the bleach bombs were not racially motivated, while others contended that racial epithets had accompanied the balloons on at least one occasion.

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