An employee at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts called on campus police to investigate a “suspicious black male” whom they claimed looked “out of place” in one of the school’s cafeterias.
However, as the Boston Globe reports, that “black male” actually turned out to be a black female student at Smith who was eating lunch in the cafeteria while taking a break from her summer job at school.
Campus police investigated and found that there was “nothing suspicious about the student’s presence” in the cafeteria.
The student, who is not identified by name, angrily wrote about the incident on her Facebook page and accused whoever called the police on her of having racial biases.
“I am blown away at the fact that I cannot even sit down and eat lunch peacefully,” she wrote. “I did nothing wrong, I wasn’t making any noise or bothering anyone. All I did was be black… It’s outrageous that some people question my being at Smith College, and my existence overall as a woman of color.”
Amy Hunter, the college’s interim director of diversity and inclusion, sent out a message to students decrying the employee’s decision to call the police on a student for eating lunch.
“Such behavior can contribute to a climate of fear, hostility and exclusion that has no place in our community,” she wrote.