Police at the University of North Texas in Denton are investigating a social media stunt that apparently shows a male student urinating on a Beto O’Rourke T-shirt and later giving it away to an unwitting supporter of the Democratic Senate candidate, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Rep. O'Rourke ran against and was defeated by Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz in Tuesday’s election.
The video reposted on Twitter also shows a male student posing with a "Make America Great Again" hat and making vomiting gestures regarding a UNT rally that encouraged students to vote.
The student apparently filmed himself while he urinated on the shirt and dropped it into an unflushed toilet. He is then shown approaching a group of young people who are standing on a sidewalk. He asked if anyone wants a free Beto shirt that “got soaked.” A woman in the group took the shirt.
After the video was posted, some Twitter users contacted campus officials via the social media platform. That included UNT President Neal Smatresk. Some asked for the prankster to be expelled from school and arrested.
The UNT "social" account responded: “We are aware of the video and are actively investigating the matter. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.”
@lesliedavis_ We are aware of the video and are actively investigating the matter. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.— University of North Texas (@University of North Texas)1541627743.0
Since then, students indicated on Twitter that they asked for updates but received no replies. Some accused the university of doing nothing.
A spokeswoman told the newspaper UNT police were still investigating Friday.
“All UNT students are held to our student code of conduct, and we expect the UNT community to represent our values of respect and compassion,” according to a written statement.
UNT’s student code covers no specific provisions for “assault by bodily fluids,” the Dallas Morning News noted. However, that could be considered harassment. Depending on the severity of a code of conduct violation, students can face punishments ranging from a warning to expulsion.
Note: Because of its explicit nature, the following video may be offensive to some viewers.
I’m at a loss for words, this is disgusting and cruel. Don’t care what your political views are, this was not neces… https://t.co/0oXgMkr7d6— Asthma Girl (@Asthma Girl)1541607218.0