Campus police in Texas entered a sleeping student’s dorm room with a gun and taser after a false report was filed, university says

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A college freshman at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas was sound asleep when campus police entered her room at 3 a.m. on September 14, with one officer’s gun drawn, her lawyer and university officials said.

a girl standing on a sidewalk: Christin Evans.

© Courtesy LaShondra Evans
Christin Evans.

The freshman, Christin Evans, 18, hadn’t committed any crime, her lawyer, Randall Kallinen, told CNN. Rather, she was the victim of a “swatting” set up by her two roommates. Eleven women, including her roommates, were involved in the incident, SFA Chief of Police John Fields confirmed in a news conference Wednesday morning.

“A story was made up about her that she was threatening to stab people in the room with scissors,” Kallinen said. “It was extremely traumatizing for her and has led to a lot of problems psychologically and she is suffering from depression. Whenever she hears any footsteps outside of her dorm room, she’s always terrified.”

The lawyer said the individuals had “convinced” the dorm’s resident assistant, who called campus police, that Evans, who was 17 at the time, was having a manic episode and was going to stab people with scissors.

It’s unclear why the students targeted the freshman, Fields said.

The freshman, who is Black, told CNN that she believes her roommates wanted her removed from their dorm room, despite spending the day before the incident “talking like normal friends.”

And she said her race affected the school’s response.

“I definitely think if I was a White student, they would have been a lot faster with the punishments. Things would have been handled a lot faster,” Evans told CNN.

Authorities have not identified the women allegedly responsible for the incident, and CNN has not been able to contact them for comment. Of the 11 women, six were White, four were Black, and one


Police drew guns after false report

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Christin Evans. (Photo: Courtesy of Randall Kallinen)

A Black college student in Texas says police officers stormed into her room after her roommates filed a false criminal report about her.

Christin Evans, a student at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, was asleep in her dorm room when she says police entered with guns drawn at 3 a.m.

A group of at least 10 students, including Evans’ three white roommates, falsely warned their resident adviser that Evans was threatening to stab one of them with a pair of scissors, Evans’ attorney Randall Kallinen told USA TODAY.

The RA then contacted campus police, warning them of the wrongfully filed threat. Evans wasn’t harmed, but Kallinen said it “could have been a Breonna Taylor circumstance,” according to KPRC-TV in Houston.

Campus police and school officials did not respond to questions on specifics of the incident to USA TODAY but released these statements:

“My heart goes out to the young lady who was an innocent victim in this matter,” said school president Scott Gordon in a statement. “We will do all we can to support her and her family through this heinous ordeal.”

“The students responsible will be held accountable for their actions at every possible level,”  school chief of police John Fields said in a statement.

It remains unclear whether the students involved have faced any consequences from the incident. 

The case surrounding Breonna Taylor, the Louisville woman who was fatally shot by police officers in March, has become a rallying cry for protests against racial injustice throughout the United States. The three officers involved that night were not charged with her death; only one, Brett Hankison, was charged for “wanton endangerment.” 

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