REPORT: False report leads to law enforcement barging into SFA student’s dorm room

REPORT: False report leads to law enforcement barging into SFA student’s dorm room

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - An investigation is ongoing after a group of students allegedly filed a false report with the University Police Department at Stephen F. Austin State University.

The school posted a message from Chief of Police John Fields Monday afternoon.

A message from John Fields, chief of police for SFA’s University Police Department:

Posted by Stephen F. Austin State University on Monday, September 28, 2020

A statement from the chief read, “The university is investigating a racially diverse group of students in an incident involving a false report to the University Police Department. The students responsible will be held accountable for their actions at every possible level.”

According to an article by KTRK, the incident happened on Sept. 14. The article said the parents of 17-year-old Christin Evans said she was sleeping in her dorm room when SFA police officers barged in around 3 a.m. with guns drawn. The article said the family’s attorney said police told Christin they had received a report stating she had scissors and was threatening to stab students. The article said police then said the report was false.

A statement was later released by SFA President Dr. Scott Gordon.

A message from President Scott Gordon:

Posted by Stephen F. Austin State University on Monday, September 28, 2020

The statement read, “I have been briefed on the incident that took place on Sept. 14 and want everyone to know that SFA takes this matter very seriously. Filing a false report violates the SFA Code of Conduct and potentially violates the law as well. The investigation and judicial processes take time. I want to urge everyone to withhold judgment until the conclusion of our investigation and process. I have directed staff to be thorough and keep me apprised throughout this investigation. Each perpetrator will be dealt with appropriately. My heart goes out to the young lady who was an innocent victim in this matter. We will do all we can to support her and her family through this heinous ordeal. We will not have this at SFA!”

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