U. of Texas at San Antonio Investigates After Students Say Lecturer Called Police on Black Classmate

December 04, 2018 / Sabrina Balderama

The Chronicle of Higher Education

By Emma Pettit

November 13, 2018

In a viral video shared on Monday, a cluster of police officers can be seen huddling in the back of Anita Moss’s classroom. A couple of officers appear to have a conversation with Moss, a senior lecturer, who points at a student sitting in a middle row. When approached by one officer, the student calmly stands and gathers her things. She and the officers walk out of the classroom, ending the minute-long video.

Apurva Rawal, a student who filmed the interaction at the University of Texas at San Antonio, described what happened in a series of tweets: The student, who was not talking or interrupting the lecture, had her feet up on the seat in front of her, he said. Moss, who took issue with this, stepped out to call the campus police, Rawal said. Moss had just lectured the class on how they were “uncivil” because some students were on their phones and not paying attention, Rawal said.

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