Cops called on black student in lecture hall for placing feet on chair [VIDEO]

November 14, 2018 at 07:45 am | News

Mildred Europa Taylor

Mildred Europa Taylor | Associate Editor

November 14, 2018 at 07:45 am | News

Black student escorted out of class by police for having her feet on chair

Authorities from the University of Texas at San Antonio are investigating a viral video showing an African-American student being escorted out of a classroom by the police after a professor allegedly reported her for having her feet on a chair.

“So this happened today in class, a girl had her feet up and the professor called the police after calling our class uncivil,” a Twitter user, who posted a video of the incident on Monday said, adding that the Biology professor Anita Moss had called the officers to escort the student out.

Twitter user @FavoritePaigeee identified herself as the student who was escorted out.

In a response on the same social media platform, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas at San Antonio said that she and Interim College of Sciences Dean Howard Grimes are investigating the matter.

Meanwhile, the president of the university, Taylor Eighmy has also released a statement saying:

“Dear Roadrunners,

Today we had an incident where one of our African American students was escorted from a biology class by members of UTSA’s police department at the request of a faculty member.

While the facts aren’t fully known regarding today’s incident, our Office of Equal Opportunity Services is already conducting an investigation into possible discrimination. In addition, an inquiry regarding the academic management of the classroom is being conducted by Interim Dean of the College of Sciences Howard Grimes.

Beyond this particular incident, I am very much aware that the circumstance represents another example of the work we need to do as an institution around issues of inclusivity and supporting our students of colour.

This concerns me greatly, and it’s incumbent upon us as an institution to face this head-on. It’s something that we need to address immediately as a university community. I look forward to the arrival of Dr Myron Anderson, our new Vice President for Inclusive Excellence, to assist us with developing a strategy to address these systemic issues.

I welcome your concerns being shared directly with me and my office by emailing taylor.eighmy@utsa.edu.

I promise to begin this process immediately – it will take time, but has my full commitment.

With appreciation,

Taylor Eighmy”

This is how Twitter users are reacting to the alleged incident:

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