Police are looking into a possible hate crime at Modesto Junior College. A Latino man and woman say they were assaulted on Monday.
The couple alleges they were talking to each other in Spanish when a white man approached them, said "You don't belong here and that is whey they are going to build a wall," and then hit the woman in the arm and began chasing the man. The suspect fell, got up and ran away.
Modesto Police say investigators are treating the case as an assault. Detectives will decide later whether the incident constitutes a hate crime.
The college released a statement reiterating its commitment to educational opportunities. After the incident, Modesto Junior College President Dr. Jill Stearns reminded staff and students of the institution's Code of Conduct in an e-mail.
"The following conduct shall constitute good cause for discipline, including but not limited to the removal, suspension or expulsion of a student.
9. Engaging in harassing or discriminatory behavior based on disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by law.
10. Engaging in intimidating conduct or bullying against another student through words or actions, including direct physical contact; verbal assaults, such as teasing or name-calling; social isolation or manipulation; and cyberbullying."