Cops con­tinue to probe al­leged racial in­ci­dent

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Richard Il­gen­fritz ril­gen­fritz@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @rpil­gen­fritz on Twit­ter

Rad­nor po­lice are con­tin­u­ing to probe the re­port that a woman was at­tacked at Vil­lanova Univer­sity.

Po­lice in Rad­nor said Mon­day they are con­tin­u­ing to in­ves­ti­gate the re­port that a woman was at­tacked at Vil­lanova Univer­sity by a group of men chant­ing their sup­port for Don­ald Trump.

Ac­cord­ing to cam­pus of­fi­cials, they re­ceived a re­port that a woman was walk­ing through the SEPTA tun­nel be­tween the west cam­pus and the main cam­pus on Nov. 10 when she was ap­proached by a group of white men. The men were said to be run­ning to­ward her yelling “Trump.” One of the men re­port­edly knocked into her and caused her to fall to the ground. Her head then struck the ground, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Rad­nor po­lice on Mon­day would only de­scribe the sit­u­a­tion as “an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.” Nei­ther cam­pus of­fi­cials nor po­lice had in­for­ma­tion about the woman’s con­di­tion.

Fol­low­ing the re­port of the at­tack, Vil­lanova of­fi­cials sent out a cam­pus-wide let­ter con­demn­ing the in­ci­dent and re­ferred to the con­duct as “de­plorable.”

“Upon learn­ing of the in­ci­dent last night, Public Safety launched an im­me­di­ate in­ves­ti­ga­tion and con­tacted Rad­nor po­lice. The univer­sity finds this con­duct de­plorable and con­sid­ers this racist be­hav­ior that runs com­pletely counter to our val­ues. Ac­tions such as this will sim­ply not be tol­er­ated at Vil­lanova. Those found re­spon­si­ble for such rep­re­hen­si­ble be­hav­ior will face se­ri­ous con­se­quences for their ac­tions and will be dis­ci­plined ap­pro­pri­ately. The safety and se­cu­rity of our

stu­dents is al­ways our pri­mary con­cern. It is at times like this when we must come to­gether in sol­i­dar­ity as a com­mu­nity against such ac­tions,” the let­ter read in part.

At the same time, a let­ter also was sent out from Peter Dono­hue, pres­i­dent of Vil­lanova Univer­sity, con­demn­ing any­one us­ing the na­tion’s po­lit­i­cal process to in­tim­i­date oth­ers.

“Over the past few days, I have been deeply dis­turbed by sev­eral re­ports of mem­bers of our com­mu­nity us­ing our na­tion’s po­lit­i­cal process as a jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for be­hav­iors and lan­guage aimed to in­tim­i­date or hu­mil­i­ate other peo­ple. This type of be­hav­ior is not ac­cept­able and will not be tol­er­ated at Vil­lanova. Any­one found to have en­gaged in such be­hav­ior will face se­ri­ous con­se­quences,” Dono­hue’s let­ter states in part.

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