Black Yale Student Has Cops Called On Her For Taking A Nap


Black Yale Student Has Cops Called On Her For Taking A Nap

In yet another incident of overreaction to seeing a person of color, a white student at Yale University has called the police on a black graduate student because she fell asleep in the common room.

Lolade Siyonbola, was in the process of writing a paper in her dorm's common room on Tuesday. May 8. While working, Siyonbola fell asleep briefly and began napping. An unidentified white student then entered the room, turned on the lights, and told Siyonbola she wasn't allowed to be there and called campus police.

When the police arrived, they asked Siyonbola to prove that she belongs there. She showed the two officers her dorm keys and opened her dorm door in front of them to prove she lived there. They then asked for her school ID, which she gave them after some hesitation. While checking the authenticity of her ID, two additional officers arrived on scene. After a lengthy period of time, she was given her ID back and the police left without further incident.

Siyonbola posted two videoes on the incident to her facebook page which you can see here and here.

Yale spokeswoman Karen Peart said the issue was that the name on Siyonbola's ID card was her preferred name, so it did not exactly match her name in university records.
The officers in the dorm admonished the student who called the police, saying Siyonbola had every right to be present, according to Kimberly Goff-Crews, Yale's vice president for Student Life.

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