- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 15, 2015

A Muslim student at the University of Texas, Arlington, who claimed she was threatened at gunpoint by a white man on campus, admitted on Friday that she made the story up, a university spokeswoman said.

The university had issued an alert Friday that the student, whose name was not released, told police that she was followed on her way to campus by a white man wearing a camouflage baseball hat and driving a white pickup truck, the Daily Caller reported. She claimed that when she parked at the university, the man yelled threats at her and pointed a handgun at her before taking off, the Dallas Morning News reported.

The student also posted on Facebook that the man might have targeted her because she is Muslim, citing the fatal shootings of three Muslim students last week in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the Morning News reported.

The student later told police that the confrontation never happened and she wasn’t even at the school the day she said the incident occurred.

It was unclear Friday night whether she would be charged with filing a false police report, the Morning News reported.

University President Vistasp M. Karbhari said in a written statement that he appreciated the police’s efforts.

“We take these issues very seriously,” he told the newspaper. “The safety and security of all UT Arlington students, faculty and staff is our utmost concern.”

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