Community attends forum after assault
Student: ‘We should all come together’
RADNOR >> More than 100 Villanova University faculty and staff attended a forum Thursday evening to discuss a reported incident in the SEPTA tunnel near campus.
Radnor police are investigating a claim that a woman was attacked by supporters of Presidentelect Donald Trump on Nov. 10.
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 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 knocked into her and caused her to fall to the ground. Her head then struck the ground, according to the report.
Radnor police Lt. Andy Block said on Friday that police continue to investigate the incident but no arrests have been made.
“I’m worried,” said Noelle Edwards, 21, a senior from Georgia who was waiting to go into the forum, which was closed to the press. “I’m a little bit scared (by) the outright nature of how people are acting. It happened so close to home. It’s become an everyday occurrence now. It’s a little bit uncomfortable how bold people are, not only was he elected president, they’re taking his actions as their
Maurice Mitchell, 22, a senior from Philadelphia, said about the incident, “I don’t like it. I’m curious to learn if the persons involved will be found... What will happen? It’s been happening since day one after the election. It’s disheartening. They say we live in one nation indivisible (but) we seem so divided on two candidates, two very different platforms. I only hope Trump sees both populations and fosters unity between the two.”
“It’s a tragedy,” said Max Mancini, 22, a senior from Phoenixville. “I hope it’s the small, few on campus. I hope they’ll get their act together.”
Rucha Desai, 18, a freshman from New York, was not going to the forum. However, she said, the incident in the tunnel was “very concerning.”
Two students working on graduate degrees in theater were also disturbed by the reported tunnel incident, which they learned about from one of their professors.
Heather Lemos, of Florida, said she went into the tunnel this week and saw that someone had written in large letters in chalk: “Your life matters.”
“It’s nice somebody took the time to do that,” she said. “They’re trying to be an inclusive campus.” The theater students are “empathizers” so it’s hard for them to hear about something like this, she said.
Rachel Abraham, 28, of Yardley, was surprised to learn about the incident in class.
“It was really sad,” Abraham said. “It made (her professor) emotional. Students, faculty, they shouldn’t be persecuted because of how the look.”
Lemos then added, “We should all come together.”
Meanwhile, Trump, in a recent interview on “60 Minutes” was asked about reports of his supporters harassing minorities. He said, “I’ll say it right to the camera. Stop it.”
Around the country, there have also been reports of violent attacks on Trump supporters in the wake of the election.
Shown is the entrance to the Villanova Universty campus in Radnor.