AUSTIN (KXAN) - A student walking in West Campus on Thursday told police someone threw a bleach balloon at him.
Police said they were not sure if the balloon had been thrown from a higher story or somewhere else.
The student was not injured and the Austin Police Department is investigating the incident. APD said the case had not yet been assigned to a detective, but once it is, they will ask the victim to come in and give a statement.
"Austin Police are investigating the allegations about an incident off campus and we are anxious to learn the results," said Gregory J. Vincent, Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement at UT. "The dean of students and our campus climate response team, which coordinates the university's' response to bias incidents, is actively reviewing these allegations and also prepared to work with Austin Police on their investigation."
The University of Texas Police Department said they were aware of the situation and are working with APD on the case.
The incident at 23rd and Pearl Street on Thursday is similar to ones reported in 2012 near campus . APD confirmed multiple cases involving bleach-filled balloons being thrown or dropped on minority students last year.
As a result, students marched through campus demanding the university step up and take action.
Robert Dahlstrom, UT's chief of police at the time, said they didn't know about any bleach balloon incidents because no student ever filled a report, only when they received calls from the community asking why nothing has been done, did they look into it.
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