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KC Muslim student was struck in the face on campus on 'Punish a Muslim day,' FBI says

A Muslim student was struck, causing her to fall down stairs, in what the FBI is calling a "potential hate crime" on a Kansas City college campus.
A Muslim student was struck, causing her to fall down stairs, in what the FBI is calling a "potential hate crime" on a Kansas City college campus.

A Muslim student leaving class last month at a Kansas City campus was insulted, struck in the face and then tumbled down stairs, the FBI announced Wednesday.

The incident occurred April 3. The culprit has not been caught, and the FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

The incident is a "potential hate crime," FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton wrote.

Patton added that the FBI issues rewards after investigators have "followed all other logical leads."

The incident occurred approximately 3:15 p.m. near the humanities building stairwell. The student, a female, reported the incident to campus police and received medical attention.

She first heard a male voice say a derogatory statement, and as she turned around she was struck in the face, which caused her to fall.

The incident occurred on "Punish a Muslim day," an Islamophobic effort that began with anonymous letters arriving in communities in London.

The letters detailed a point system that awarded violence: 25 points for pulling off a head scarf, 500 points for murdering a Muslim, The New York Times reported.

The plan to encourage violence against Muslims on a specific day then spread to the U.S.

"The campaign goes directly against MCC’s values," wrote Christina Medina, a spokeswoman for MCC. "As a district, MCC will not tolerate discrimination or harassment against our students, employees, and community."

MCC Chancellor Kimberly Beatty said in a statement that MCC fosters "an environment that welcomes all students, employees and community members who seek to learn in the context of our mission.

"We encourage you, if you see something, say something."

Anyone with information regarding the Penn Valley incident is encouraged to call the FBI Kansas City office at 816-512-8200 or the FBI Tip Line at www.fbi.gov/tips.

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