A black Lehigh University student was physically assaulted early Saturday morning by two white assailants who used racist language toward the student.
According to a statement sent to the community of Lehi on Saturday night by university president Joseph Helbul, the assault occurred while the student was walking outside the campus.
Helble said Lehi police and staff are in contact with the recovering student. Bethlehem police said they were leading an investigation and additional information would be shared in a press release.
Herble said the university community will receive updates on the investigation.
“It is natural that many people feel uneasy after this incident,” Herbl said in a statement. “We want to assure all students, especially those of color, of our commitment to your safety and well-being. We are committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment.
“Racism, hate, verbal and physical violence will not be tolerated in Lehi. As a community that welcomes and supports all members, this is a clear reminder that in a difficult world there is work to do. Let me.
Esther Lee, president of the Bethlehem NAACP, said she had not yet contacted the university or the affected students. Li said he was concerned about the safety of university students.
“We will not condone such conduct,” she said.
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