At 3 a.m. on September 14, 17-year old Christin Evans was awoken to law enforcement agents storming into her dorm room with guns drawn.
Evans, a Black freshman at Stephen F. Austin University (SFA) had been the victim of a dangerous prank called “swatting.” Swatting is falsely reporting an emergency to police with the intent of getting a “SWAT team” response to a location where no emergency exists.
Three of Evans’ white roommates, along with 7 other students, told police that she was brandishing a pair of scissors and threatening to stab students in the dorm.
After reviewing surveillance video, police found that Evans was innocent and the report given to them was false.
Evans says her roommates are racist and the experience destroyed her first year in college. She is still enrolled in classes at the university but moved out of student housing after the incident.
At a press conference regarding the incident, Evans tearfully shared how her college experience has been tarnished since that night.
“I was looking forward to making friends and having a good time on the cheer team, but since this has happened, it’s made it really, really hard,” she said.
SFA President Scott Gordon released the following statement regarding the racist attack on Evans some two weeks after drawing heat over his inaction.
The statement read:
“I have been briefed on the incident that took place on September 14th and want everyone to know that SFA takes this matter very seriously. Filing a false report violates the SFA Code of Conduct and potentially violates the law as well. The investigation and judicial processes take time. I want to urge everyone to withhold judgement until the conclusion of our investigation and process.
I have directed staff to be thorough and keep me apprised throughout this investigation.
Each perpetrator will be dealt with appropriately.
My heart goes out to the young lady who was an innocent victim in this matter. We will do all we can to support her and her family through this heinous ordeal.
We will not have this at SFA!”
Campus police say they are still investigating the incident. No action has been taken against any of the students so far.