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Police Called on Black Student Eating Lunch at Smith College

Officials said an employee at the college in Northampton called police to report that someone appeared "out of place" in the building

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    Smith College Employee Calls Police on Black Student

    An investigation is underway at Smith College, where an employee called campus police on a black student who was quietly eating her lunch in a common room.

    (Published Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018)

    A Massachusetts college is investigating after campus police were called to investigate a black student who was quietly eating her lunch in a common room.

    Officials say an employee at Smith College in Northampton called police Tuesday to report that someone appeared "out of place" in the building.

    The school later released a statement saying there was nothing suspicious at all about the undergraduate student, who is working on campus this summer as a teaching assistant.

    The woman who identified herself as the student later posted on Facebook that it was outrageous she could not sit down and eat her lunch in peace.

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    She added: "All I did was be black."

    A school diversity official says the college is reviewing the incident and won't tolerate any race- or gender-based discrimination.