UNT student under investigation after viral video defacing O’Rourke shirt | News


More than 100,000 people have watched a video on Twitter that shows a University of North Texas student urinating on a Beto O’Rourke shirt and handing it a girl on campus. 

The videos, originally captured on the social media platform Snapchat, depict a man with the user name Chandler Davis mocking students in line to vote and O’Rourke supporters during Tuesday’s election. O’Rourke was the Democratic challenger to incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. 

After a video of the line and O’Rourke supporters, it appears a stream of urine hits the O’Rourke T-shirt, which is held above a toilet bowl. Then, the shirt is dropped in the bowl. The final video shows him handing the shirt to a girl on campus, apologizing for it being a little wet. 

The videos were captured by another student, and shared on Twitter on Wednesday morning. By Friday afternoon, the video compilation had more than 100,000 views. 

“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,” said Leigh Ann Gullett, a spokesperson for the university in a statement. “UNT Police are actively investigating this incident.”

There is a Chandler Davis enrolled at UNT who is a freshman and an engineering and pre-computer science major, Gullett said. However, that doesn’t mean it’s the same Chandler Davis: Snapchat users can alter their user names easily and don’t necessarily reflect someone’s true identity. 

A formal police report was filed Thursday morning, through a report given to the Dean of Student’s office, Gullet said. UNT police logged the incident as an “assault by contact,” and is still under investigation. 

While there have been some calls online to kick the student out of school, there has only been one formal complaint about the incident, an email to UNT President Neal Smatresk, Gullett said. 

Online, a woman claiming to be the mother of the girl who received the shirt, made a public Facebook post about the incident. The woman said her daughter is a 17-year-old honors freshman, and was humiliated by the incident. She did not respond for a request for comment.

JENNA DUNCAN can be reached at 940-566-6889 and via Twitter at @jennafduncan.

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