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U.T. officials: No bleach used in last week's, year's balloon throwings

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Officials at the University of Texas today said that balloons thrown at an African American student near West 23rd and Pearl Streets last Thursday did not contain bleach.

The university first investigated reports of alleged racially-motivated bleach balloon bombings last fall after several students of color reported similar incidents.

"Indications are that the balloon dropped last week was filled with water. However, the university has collected clothing and balloon remnants from the site and sent them to a lab for further forensic testing," said university officials in a statement today.  

The university is working closely with the Austin Police Department, the Dean of Students and the campus climate response team on the investigation into the allegations.

Last September, UT police received multiple reports of students of color being targeted with bleach-filled water balloons. Officials say there was no evidence of bleach being used in those cases, and that those responsible were held accountable under the university's disciplinary system.

"We take seriously the concern that this reported incident may have been racially motivated. Episodes such as these undermine ongoing efforts by the university to create an environment that celebrates its diversity and its value to the community and educational experience," read the statement.

U.T. officials say they are working with building managers around West Campus to create protocols to help prevent these kinds of incidents in the future.

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