College Student Told He’s Harassing School Advisor By Waiting

Black student at Kennesaw State University in Georgia walked into the school’s advising office to ask a few questions. But his simple request soon escalated into a security matter.

Kevin Bruce, a successful senior, waited to see when his adviser would be free for a brief word. Instead, KSU director of advising and internships Abby Dawson stormed out of her office, admonishing Bruce for waiting, and claimed he was harassing his adviser.

“You will not harass Mrs. Tilley like that.” Dawson, says in a video Bruce posted on Twitter late Wednesday. “I will call security. You can fill out the form just like everybody else does.” Although Bruce says that he’s just waiting to talk to an adviser, the exchange escalates. “Sitting here until somebody’s available … is harassing them,” Dawson says. Moments later, Dawson leaves, telling Bruce she’s calling campus security.

For some viewers, the videotaped confrontation is a chilling example of racial bias. On Friday afternoon, KSU spokesperson Tammy DeMel said Dawson has been placed on administrative leave while the university continues a comprehensive investigation.


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