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A series of bleach bombing attacks at the University of Texas at Austin has sparked a rally to take place at the education establishment earlier this week.
Students have decided to protest after several black students were attacked while walking on campus recently. They students are calling on the university to take more extreme measures to protect its students after the victims were hit with bleach-filled balloons.
Police have already begun investigations into the attacks, and are treating them as likely to be racially motivated.
According to the Huffington Post, Taylor Carr, a sophomore anthropology student who was a victim of a bleach bombing attack, said: "It is people of color they are attacking in West Campus. Until we put pressure on the university to [protect] us, these events are going to keep happening."
Even though most are seeing the attacks as racist hate crimes, police in Texas have said that it could be difficult to prove the bleach bomb attacks amount to "hate crimes."
Chase Moore, a former student at UT student and community activist, who himself was hit by a bleach balloon has said, "This is not 1960. We are not going to be afraid to walk anywhere. We are not going back in time," according to The Inquisitr.
A task force has been set up by the university in an attempt to tackle the problem called the "Campus Climate Response Team."
Despite the problems students have united together in condemnation against the attacks, and are looking to speak with one voice to express that the attacks will not be tolerated. The protest was put together to allow university leaders to know how strong the sentiment among students was and that something had to be done to protect students and to ensure those responsible for the attacks are stopped.