Student threatened and forced to remove hijab in downtown Ann Arbor
Update: On Dec. 21, the Ann Arbor Police Department issued an updated report that the crime alleged below did not occur. The report cited a number of discrepancies between eyewitness testimonies and surveillence tapes of the scene. The University of Michigan Department of Public Safety and Security released a cancellation of the original press release detailing the alleged hate crime.
A female student was approached by a man between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday and told if she did not remove her hijab, he would set her on fire with a lighter, according to a University of Michigan Division of Public Safety and Security crime alert released Saturday morning.
The University alert described the incident as an intimidation crime. It occurred on East William Street near State Street.
Following Election Day and President-elect Donald Trump’s win, similar incidents targeting minorities have been reported across the country, including at the University of Pennsylvania in which Black freshman found racist messages on their phones Friday after being added to a threatening GroupMe. In Michigan, similar incidents have also occurred in Royal Oak and Dewitt. In Royal Oak, students were filmed chanting “build a wall” in their school’s cafeteria. In Dewitt, school officials are investigating reports from Dewitt Junior High School of students chanting racist phrases and linking arms to form a “wall”.