A black student walking around with a glue-gun at Colgate University, in upstate New York, sent the school into lockdown on May 1. This type of situation is a gut-wrenching reminder of racially bigoted assumptions that still remain active today, even in “progressive” regions of our society.
The President of the University, Brian W. Casey, addressed the “emergency situation” as a “profound error” with “implicit racial bias.” He went on to say, “I want to make sure we speak with those who made and received the initial report to understand the role this played.”
The student was simply walking around with a glue-gun, just as any regular student on campus would when someone spotted him and decided to alert the authorities. And then just like that, an innocent black student trying to work on a school project somehow sparks a four-hour lockdown.
The university is now in communication with both the black student, who was labeled as a “suspect” and an “active shooter”, and the student who reported it, who hasn’t been labeled.