The attorney for the family of a Black freshman student at Stephen F. Austin State University says she was the victim of a racist set-up, orchestrated by her white roommates, that led to police storming her dorm room in the middle of the night with guns drawn.
“I feel shaken. I don’t even know how to think. I can’t sleep at night because of this. It has made me really paranoid,” said 17-year-old Christin Evans.
The incident happened on September 14 on the Stephen F. Austin University campus located in Nacogdoches, Texas.
Civil rights attorney Randall Kallinen says the teen was awoken at 3 a.m. by university police officers bursting in her room with guns drawn.
“Their daughter was sleeping and awoken at 3 o’clock in the morning by local police with flashlights shining out and their guns drawn. This could have been a Breonna Taylor circumstance,” Kallinen said during a news conference Monday afternoon.
Kallinen says the teen’s three white roommates, along with as many as seven other girls, initiated the “swatting” by telling their resident assistant that Evans was trying to attack them. The RA then called campus police.
“They had falsely accused Christin of having scissors and threatening to stab people,” he said.
Christin’s parents, LaShondra and Chris Evans say they expected swift action from the university, citing text messages from the University Police Chief that read that dorm surveillance video proves their daughter’s innocence.