Indiana University Police say a group of Asian students was attacked Sunday on IU’s campus by a group of African Americans. According to Police Chief Keith Cash eight Asian students were walking to a dormitory when five black males and three black females approached them and shouted anti-Chinese slurs.
“The verbal confrontation escalated to battery,” Cash said. “Two of the Asian males were battered.”
One was taken to the hospital with facial injuries, but has since been released. Two of the other Asian students were robbed. IU freshman William Zhao was surprised to hear of the attack.
“Of course, I’m definitely shocked and appalled by this incident because I think IU is a great campus,” Zhao said.
Four-percent of IU’s population is international and many Asian students live at IU’s Forest Quad where the attack occurred. The suspects did get away with an iPad, and iPod, two sets of headphones, and a cell phone.
Morgan Carlton, an African American freshman at IU says it’s important to keep things in perspective and realize that the attack does not represent the entire African-American community.
“I don’t think we could apologize for what happened but I think we could tell them that it is not every African American,” Carlton said. “We could tell them that we are not all like that.”
Police are still searching for the suspects and plan to review security videos for information that could help in their investigation.