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Cornell Students Cite Trayvon Martin, Throw Bottles at Black StudentsDr. Boyce Watkins Special to Salem-News.com
“I feel like it was targeted and racially motivated … we felt very threatened.” - Beverly Fonko
(SYRACUSE, NY) - A group of students at Cornell University have been accused of racism, when it was reported that they were throwing bottles at black students while referencing the Trayvon Martin shooting. The Cornell Sun is reporting that members of the Sigma Pi fraternity house were throwing the objects at black students early Sunday morning.
Sigma Pi President Zach Smith said that the fraternity has “figured out who the perpetrator was, and will turn his name over to police.”
Smith also claims that the person responsible was not a member of the fraternity.
Cornell University Police Chief Kathy Zoner has confirmed the reports of racial references at the time of the incident. She said that Ithaca police have been called in to investigate.
Beverly Fonko said that she was walking home with one of her friends when she saw objects being thrown from the roof. She claims that when the fraternity members were asked to stop, they continued to throw things, including a bottle of Jack Daniels and a can full of beer.
Fonkwo says that the students told her to “‘Come up here, Trayvon,’ and started making all these other racial comments,” Fonkwo said.
“I feel like it was targeted and racially motivated … we felt very threatened.”
Sade Samakinwa, another student who witnessed the event, said that they were frightened after the incident took place.
“I think the most shocking thing was not that bottles were being thrown but that they were shouting Trayvon,” Samakinwa said. “To use that boy’s name so disrespectfully while disrespecting someone is absolutely insane.”
Editor's note: Be advised, we will not approve any blatantly racist comments on this story.
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