Bloomington teen dismissed from Indiana University following attack on Muslim woman

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana University spokesman says a 19-year-old man accused of attacking a Muslim woman and trying to remove her headscarf is no longer a student at the Bloomington campus.

IU spokesman Mark Land says the university’s dean of students “dismissed” Triceten Bickford from the school Monday evening as a “direct result of what happened over the weekend.” The woman was attacked outside a cafe Saturday night.

Land says that for privacy reasons he cannot go into the details of the university’s action against Bickford, but says Bickford’s dismissal from IU “wasn’t his choice.” Bickford is a Fort Wayne resident who had been a sophomore majoring in psychology.

Land says the university won’t have anything more to say about Bickford, and will “let the legal process run its course.”

According to a police report, a 47-year-old woman was sitting with her 9-year-old daughter when a man shouted racially charged threats before grabbing her by the neck and trying to take off her headscarf.

Bickford says he’s “not a hateful person.” The woman complained of pain but declined medical attention.

An initial court hearing is set for Friday.

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