A black college cheerleader in Texas claims she was the victim of a “swatting” prank — allegedly sparked by a false report filed by her white roommates.
Christin Evans, a 17-year-old freshman at Stephen F. Austin University, said cops stormed her dorm room at 3 a.m. on 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 act of “swatting” — or the filing of a false report intended to prompt an aggressive police response including a SWAT team. A resident assistant ultimately called campus police, KPRC reported.
“This could have been a Breonna Taylor circumstance,” Kallinen told reporters Monday, 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, according to KPRC. Police later said the report was false, KTRK reported.
“I just want justice for my daughter,” LaShondra Evans said. “She didn’t do anything wrong.”
Perhaps the show should be renamed “Celebrity Family Lewd.”