Christin Evans SFA black student at Stephen F. Austin University victim of swatting prank as cops storm freshman’s room with guns drawn after 3 white roommates make false stabbing report.
Christin Evans, a 17-year-old freshman at Stephen F. Austin University, said cops with guns drawn ‘stormed her dorm room’ at 3 a.m. Sept. 14 after as many as 10 students wrongly accused her of threatening to stab others with scissors.
‘I feel shaken,’ Evans said during a press conference Monday with her parents and an attorney, KTRK reported. ‘I can’t sleep at night. It has made me paranoid. I was looking forward to making friends and having a good time on the cheer team.’
Attorney Randall Kallinen said Evans’ three white roommates and as many as seven other female students targeted Evans in an act of ‘swatting’ — the filing of a false report intended to prompt an aggressive police response including a SWAT team.
It remained unclear what the race of the other seven students were.
‘This could have been a Breonna Taylor circumstance’
A resident assistant ultimately called campus police, KPRC reported.
‘This could have been a Breonna Taylor circumstance,’ Kallinen responded, referencing the 26-year-old black EMT who was killed by Louisville police in March. ‘They had falsely accused Christin of having scissors and trying to stab people.’
Evans’ parents cited text messages from the university’s police chief indicating that surveillance video proved their daughter did nothing wrong. Police later said the report was false.
‘I just want justice for my daughter,’ LaShondra Evans said. ‘She didn’t do anything wrong.’
Evans’ parents believe the attack was racially motivated, saying the majority of the students involved are white. The teen has since been moved out of her four-student dorm suite as an investigation into the incident by university officials is ongoing.
‘Filing a false report violates the SFA Code of Conduct and potentially violates the law as well,’ SFA President Scott Gordon tweeted on Monday. ‘The investigation and judicial process take time … Each perpetrator will be dealt with appropriately.’
John Fields, the university’s chief of police, said a ‘diverse group of students’ is being investigated in connection to the false report.
Officials promise action against involved students
‘The students will be held responsible for their actions at every possible level,’ Fields said in a statement.
Evans’ father, meanwhile, said he wants the university to discipline the students allegedly involved in the false report.
‘Yes, we’re upset and we want something to be done about it,” Chris Evans said. “When I sent my daughter off to school, my worse-case scenario was that she should call needing money or an issue with her grades.’
The identities of the seven students allegedly involved have not been divulged as education officials have yet to announce their punishment.