The white college lecturer who had a Black student escorted out of class by the police for putting her feet up was suspended Tuesday by the college.
The student, who was identified as Paige Burgess, was propping her feet on the seat in front of her when the professor called police to escort her out of the room.
University of Texas at San Antonio President Taylor Eighmy said Anita Moss, who was teaching an anatomy and physiology class, will not return to teach her classes this semester.
He said the university is investigating the incident for both potential discrimination and as a classroom management issue.
“The bottom line: regardless of the final outcomes regarding yesterday’s incident, we have an obligation as an institution to take a hard look at our campus climate — especially for students of color — and enact systemic change to make UTSA a more inclusive campus,” Eighmy said in a statement Tuesday.
A Texas university is investigating an incident involving a white professor who called police on a Black student for propping her feet up on the chair in front of her during class.
University of Texas at San Antonio student Apurva Rawal recorded the incident and posted footage of the students getting escorted out of the lecture hall Tuesday.
“So this happened today in class, a girl had her feet up and the professor called the police after calling our class uncivil,” he wrote.
“This professor stopped class entirely and stepped out to call the police just because one student had her feet up on a seat in front of her. Mind you she wasn’t talking or interrupting lecture.”
When asked by another student why calling the police was necessary, Moss canceled the rest of class ahead of an exam.
In a letter sent to students on Tuesday, the university’s president, Taylor Eighmy, said “feelings of marginalization on the part of some students ― especially our African American students ― are real and profound.”
Eighmy also confirmed two separate investigations are underway including “one on potential discrimination” and “the other on classroom management.”
“For the best interest of all involved, the faculty member’s classes will be taught by another faculty member for the remainder of the semester,” he wrote. “The student involved in the incident has been welcomed back to class and offered support services.”
Twitter user @FavoritePaigeee claimed to be the student involved in the incident and tweeted that “upon entering class I was told I needed to leave or would be escorted out by officers.”
“I never disobeyed the student code of conduct. Not once,” she tweeted. “A police report is being filed atm [at the moment], this is just the beginning.”
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