Com­mu­nity at­tends fo­rum af­ter as­sault

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - THE MERCURY - By Linda Stein lstein@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @lstein­re­porter on Twit­ter

Stu­dent: ‘We should all come to­gether’

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 Pres­i­dent-elect 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 own.”

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 popu-


Shown is the en­trance to the Vil­lanova Univer­sty cam­pus in Radnor.

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