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Police Say Woman Made Up Story Of Attack By Two Men, One Wearing A Trump Hat (UPDATE)

She had claimed they hit her with "something metal."

UPDATE: The Lafayette Police Department said Thursday that a woman had fabricated the story about two men, one of them in a Trump hat, attacking her on her way to class at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Previously:

Police are investigating reports that a student wearing a hijab at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette was hit with a metal object and robbed while walking to class on Wednesday morning.

One of her attackers was wearing a white hat that read “TRUMP,” a University of Louisiana Police Department notice sent to students and obtained by The Huffington Post states.

The student told police that she was on her way to class when a dark sedan approached her and two white men wearing sweatpants left the car, according to the notice.

She said the suspects struck her with “something metal,” causing her to fall to the ground. They hit her again while she was on the ground and “made obscene comments” at her, the alert states.

The student declined medical attention, local newspaper The Daily Advertiser reports.

University Public Informations Officer Billy Abrams confirmed to HuffPost that Lafayette city police were investigating the off-campus incident. The Lafayette Police Department did not immediately return a request for comment.

Other University of Louisiana at Lafayette students told HuffPost they had seen obscene messages written in chalk around campus Wednesday, including several that referred to President-elect Donald Trump.

Joseph Savoie, president of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, reminded students Wednesday evening of the importance of unity, respect and higher education in an email titled “Standing, Learning Together," which HuffPost obtained.

“University campuses are places where men and women of all races and religions should be able to exchange ideas and learn from one another,” Savoie said in the email, sent to students and staff one hour before ULPD’s notice of the off-campus incident.

“We grow as human beings by listening to others who have different backgrounds and experiences,” Savoie continued. “The University strives to provide an environment that nurtures healthy discourse.”

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