A cheerleader from a college in Texas said she was the victim of an “accident” when about 10 mostly white students gave a false signal to police on campus, claiming she was making violent threats.
Christine Evans, a 17-year-old student at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, said officers broke into her room at 3 a.m. on Sept. 14 while she slept.
“I feel shaken,” Evans, who is Black, said at a news conference Monday with his parents and lawyer. “I can’t sleep at night. It made me paranoid. I was looking forward to making friends and having a good time on the entertainment team.”
Police said they had received a signal that she was threatening to stab students with scissors.
Officials say the report turned out to be untrue, Evans̵
Kalinen said three of his client’s white roommates and seven other students directed her to a “motivating” joke, filing a false report to prompt law enforcement, including SWAT officials, to gather at someone’s home.
“This may have been a circumstance for Breona Taylor,” Kalinen told reporters Monday, referring to 26-year-old Black EMT, who was killed by Louisville police in March during a drug attack. “They falsely accused Christine of having scissors and trying to stab people.”
Evans’ father, Chris Evans, told reporters he was upset by the ordeal.
“Yes, we are upset and we want to do something about it,” he said. “When I sent my daughter to school, my worst case scenario was that she had to call in order to need money or a problem with her grades.”
SFA Police Chief John Fields said an investigation had been launched into the case.
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“The university is investigating a racially diverse group of students in an incident involving a false report to the university police department,” Fields said in a video message. “Students will be responsible for their actions at every possible level.”
In a statement, university president Scott Gordon said that “his heart goes to the young lady who is an innocent victim.”
Kalinen said he was looking for the school to discipline the students and the local district attorney to file criminal charges for filing a false report.