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University of Michigan student assaulted by 2 men who yelled at her about being in America

Attackers made reference to religion during assault, police say

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Reports of post-election nastiness and bullying have been popping up across the country and in Michigan.

The latest incident happened near the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor. A University of Michigan student was pushed down a hill Saturday by two men who yelled at her about being in America, police said.

The men made reference to religion during the assault, according to Ann Arbor police.

The incident happened between 9 and 10 p.m. off campus near South University and Washtenaw avenues, police said.

This was the second incident of ethnic intimidation at U of M over the weekend. Police said a woman was forced to remove her hijab Friday after a man threatened to set her on fire.

The multi-ethnic student body called the behavior disgusting.

"It's really stupid," one student said. "This should not be happening.

The state superintendent of schools sent out a letter reminding everyone that harrassing, intimidating and bullying behavior will not be tolerated.

"We need to cultivate and develop in our students a steadfast respect for all others, inclusive of race, religion, orientation or sicla-economic standing," Brian Whiston's letter said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 734-763-1131.

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