It’s an incident that some believe could have led to another case similar to Breonna Taylor’s. Christin Evans, a 17-year-old student at Steven F. Austin State University (SFA), was sleeping in her dorm when campus police barged in, guns drawn at around 3 a.m. They responded to a false report that Evans threatened to stab another student with a pair of scissors. Attorney Randall Kallinen is demanding that the group of students who made these false claims be expelled and charged with a crime.
Evans believes she was set up by her roommates. The false report was sent in by 10 students, most of whom are white. The reports led to a terrifying and traumatic experience for Evans, who had the unfortunate experience of waking up to guns and flashlights in her face. “I feel shaken,” the 17-year-old student told KPRC. “I don’t even know how to think. I can’t sleep at night because of this. It has made me really paranoid.”
According to KPRC, Evans was recruited to SFA to cheer but this incident has nearly ruined her freshman year. “I was looking forward to making friends and having a good time on the cheer team, but since this happened, it’s made it really, really hard,” she told the network, who reported she was holding back tears.
Kallinen reported that campus police reviewed surveillance video, which shows clear evidence that Evans did nothing wrong. “These adults should be punished for ‘swatting’ and trying to get Christin falsely arrested and kicked out of school,” added the attorney.
SFA President Scott Gordon put out a statement on the university’s Twitter, assuring that the school “takes this matter very seriously.” He writes, “filing a false report violates the SFA Code of Conduct and potentially violates the law as well.”
“My heart goes out to the young woman who was an innocent victim in this matter,” he continued. “We will do all we can to support her and her family through this heinous ordeal.”
Thus far, SFA campus police have announced that they are investigating the incident. Evans was moved from her original dorm suite but her roommates have yet to face consequences.