A college professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio was reprimanded after she called police on a Black student.
According to The San Antonio Express-News, Anita Moss, a biology lecturer at the university, will not be allowed to teach for the remainder of the semester while she is being investigated by the school.
On Nov. 12, 2018, Moss called police and had a Black female student removed from the classroom. The Black student allegedly had her feet up before she was removed. A video of the incident was recorded on a cell phone and shared by student Apurva Rawal. On his post, Rawal said Moss called the class “uncivil” before becoming upset with the Black female student.
Rawal’s post soon went viral and currently has over 40,000 retweets.
After the post went viral, UTSA President Taylor Eighmy sent an email to the university community and revealed that the school’s Office of Equal Opportunity Services was investigating the incident.
“While the facts aren’t fully known regarding today’s incident, our Office of Equal Opportunity Services is already conducting an investigation into possible discrimination,” Eighmy said in the letter. “In addition, an inquiry regarding the academic management of the classroom is being conducted by Interim Dean of the College of Sciences Howard Grimes.”
The incident could possibly be another example of racial profiling against Blacks who have had the police called on them for questionable reasons. In the past year, Blacks have faced racial discrimination for sitting in a Starbucks; sleeping in a school library; entering their own home; sitting in a parking lot; or selling water outside of a baseball game.
“Beyond this particular incident, I am very much aware that the circumstance represents another example of the work we need to do as an institution around issues of inclusivity and supporting our students of color,” Eighmy said in his letter.
View footage of the incident below:
So this happened today in class, a girl had her feet up and the professor called the police after calling our class uncivil 😬 pic.twitter.com/spq0ShXiFU
— Apurva Rawal (@ApurvaYRawal) November 12, 2018