Investigators have called the incident "shocking" and "unusual,” NBC Dallas-Fort Worth reports.
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"It's definitely saddening and a little disturbing as well," UT Dallas junior Mohammad Syed, president of the UT Dallas Muslim Student Association, told NBC. "It's something that we do not expect to happen, especially at this campus."
Syed, who is pursuing a degree in neuroscience, says the school is typically very inclusive.
"UT Dallas is a very welcoming environment," he said. "And I have nothing but good things to say about it."
It remains unclear what charges would even be filed over the books.
“Was anyone hurt? Were the Qurans stolen? Were the toilets damaged? If not, just call it modern art and move on. This isn't the Spanish inquisition. There should be no reverence given to this book that is not afforded any other religious book. So people were offended. So what. Be offended. Nothing happens,” one Facebook user, Dan Rhodes, commented on the story.
In fact, the majority of the top comments on the story were calling the police involvement absurd, and noting that it would not have made headlines if it had been bibles or texts from another religion.
“Various celebrities have defiled every Christian symbol they can think of, doesn't make headlines. Get on with your life,” Ben Neviss wrote.