A student group has started a petition demanding Florida Atlantic University take a stronger stand in denouncing an incident in which a school employee spat on a student protester.

The incident happened Oct. 30 when some Muslims and their allies protested a speech given by Middle East historian Daniel Pipes, whom they view as anti-Islamic.

FAU student Sana Akhtar, 23, of Boca Raton told police and bystanders that a woman wearing an FAU staff polo shirt spat on her and told her, “You don’t belong here.” The woman, whom FAU declined to name, apologized. Akhtar did not file a police report.

The spitting incident angered some Muslims and the student chapter of Act Now to Stop War and End Racism Florida, which organized the protest and is organizing the petition.

FAU issued a statement Nov. 2 saying it investigated the matter and found there were “differing accounts regarding the reported intensity of the exchange.” (MORE)


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