The University of Connecticut is investigating vandalism apparently linking a Muslim student to the attacks in Paris.
UConn junior Mahmoud Hashem says someone wrote “killed Paris” under his name on a nametag that hangs on the door of his dorm room at Nathan Hale Inn. His roommate discovered this morning.
Hashem, who is originally from Egypt, was shaken by the incident. He says he has lived in the U.S. for five years and never had any issues before.
“I feel like upset because I don’t do anything. It’s not my fault,” he said. “This not my fault. These are terrorists not me. So don’t treat me like terrorists. I don’t deserve that.”
Dan Fay, Mahmoud’s roommate, took a picture and contacted authorities when he saw the vandalism.
“This is hate, blind bigoted hate,” he said.
University spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz released the following statement:
“This hurtful act is clearly unacceptable, and contradicts UConn’s values as it works to provide a welcoming environment for all students on all of our campuses. UConn Police and other UConn officials have begun investigations into this incident, and at the same time are working to provide support to the student and impacted community.”
UConn police and the community standards division, which handles student discipline, are investigating the incident.