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Muslim Students Are Reportedly Attacked on Campuses in Wake of Election

A Muslim woman at San Jose State University was knocked to the ground on Tuesday after someone approached her from behind and attempted to yank off her hijab with enough force to choke her and make her lose her balance, according to the NBC affiliate KNTV.

Since then, reports have emerged of at least three other Muslim students being assaulted on or near colleges campuses on Wednesday, following the news that Donald J. Trump had won the U.S. presidential election.

A student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette was attacked by two men who hit her with “something metal,” knocking her to the ground, according to a university email sent out Wednesday night. The men hit her again before stealing her hijab and her wallet. One of the men wore a hat bearing Mr. Trump’s name. On Thursday, however, the Lafayette police said the woman had admitted to fabricating the story, The Advocate reports.

Another student was accosted in a San Diego State University stairwell by two men who made comments about Muslims and President-elect Trump before stealing her bags and car keys.

A statement released by the university president, the vice president for student affairs, and the chief of police condemned the attack and indicated that they believed the student was targeted because of her religion and headscarf.

“Hate crimes are destructive to the spirit of our campus, and we urge all members of our community to stand together in rejecting hate,” the statement read.

Sara Harvard, a writer for the website Mic, tweeted that a friend’s relative had been accosted by a Trump supporter on a bus near the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who pulled a knife on her.

A representative of the university said that the incident had not been reported to the campus police or the local 911 center and that the university had reached out to people on the Twitter thread requesting more information but had received no response.

Update (11/10/2016, 5:10 p.m.): The police in Lafayette, La., said on Thursday that the University of Louisiana student who had reported being assaulted had later admitted to fabricating her story. The post has been updated to include this new information.

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