Students at Delaware State University have received training on discriminatory practices and questionable legal procedures, with a rental bus passing through Georgia as their class.
It is a lesson he will remember for a long time, but his presence has raised eyebrows beyond the DSU campus in Dover.
Her lacrosse women’s team was heading north to I-95 in Liberty County, Georgia, southwest of Savannah, on April 20. The Hornets were returning home after playing their final game of the season at Stetson University in Deland, Florida, on April 19.
Bus driver Tim Jones was initially told he was wrong on the left lane when the bus was towed, according to DSU student book The Hornet Newspaper and its thehornetonline.com page. The incident was described in detail in an article published Friday by Sydney Anderson, the second lacrosse football player on the bus.
A video accompanying a story by DSU Saniya Craft shows an official saying, “If you have anything in your wallet, maybe we’ll find it, okay? I’m not looking for a bit of marijuana but I’m sure those who lead these guys are upset with you when we find anything.”
By this time, members of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office had begun removing players’ bags from the car’s parking lot to investigate after asking Jones to open them. Police had a dog that smelled of drugs at the scene.
Officials learned that the passengers were in the lacrosse team.
“If there is anything suspicious in there,” said his deputy on the bus, “please tell me now, because when we find it, what do you think? We can’t help you. ”
Legal staff inside and outside the bus were clean on photos and videos accompanied by thehornetonline.com account. Most, but not all, of the players and coaches on the bus were Black.
DSU President Tony Allen briefed university members on what happened earlier Monday. In it, Allen said DSU has informed Delaware Gov. John Carney, office of the state Attorney General, Delaware congressional representatives and the Congressional Black Caucus on the incident.
Allen writes: “They, like me, get angry. “We have also reached out to Georgia Law Enforcement and are exploring ways to make it – legally and otherwise – accessible to our athletic students, our coaches, and the university.”
Delaware State coach Pamella Jenkins called the incident “very frustrating” on Monday and commended the team members for being “steadfast.”
When members of the group saw their belongings being removed before the second was announced, they were shocked, Jenkins said.
“The only thing that bothered them most was the feeling of guilt [deputies’] instead, “Jenkins said.” This is what really upset me because I trust my girls. “
“One of my classmates asked them, ‘How did we get out of the parking lot to meet the dogs that smelled our luggage?’ ”Said Jenkins. “The police officer said that on the highway there are a lot of buses that smuggle people and they have to work hard.” ”
Gov. Carney released a statement Monday calling the movie “disappointing, frustrating and frustrating.”
“Times like this need to be changed to be part of our country’s history,” Carney said, “but it is still a tragic event in our country. It is especially difficult when it affects our region.”
After being contacted Monday morning, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office said it would hold a statement at the end of the day but nothing was released.
In a bold statement, Allen also wrote in an email to the DSU team: “We do not want this or that anything to go wrong. We are ready to go wherever the evidence leads us. We have a video. We have affiliates. that we have the courage to stand up for our beliefs. ”
A member of the Atlantic Sun Conference Hornets played again at Kennesaw State in Georgia on April 16 and University of Jacksonville in Florida on April 18.
While on the bus, the officer told the passengers that “marijuana is still illegal in Georgia.” “Anything you can put marijuana on” or “measuring devices,” he later said, means that it is also illegal to say so.
The bus was stopped for 30 to 45 minutes, Jenkins said. On one occasion, his deputy boarded a bus carrying a gift-wrapped box and summoned a man named – senior Aniya Aiken, from Decatur, Georgia.
Aiken was asked where he received the package, Jenkins said. It came from relatives who saw the team play at Kennesaw State. When asked what was inside, Aiken said he was told by his aunt not to open the gift until he returned to school.
He said, ‘You received something and you do not know what it is?’ “Jenkins said, and his deputy was also told that it was a gift to be opened later.
The second one went back to the store with the gift, and it was opened.
“Maybe 10 minutes after boarding the bus and saying ‘You’re free to go, have a nice trip,’” says Jenkins.
The driver was not given a word.
When Aiken picked up her gift later she found a jewelry box that was a gift for graduates.
“Frankly,” wrote Allen, “there were no exceptions to the rule, and all our coaches and student athletes did their best to treat each other with dignity and respect.”
In a nutshell, Delaware US Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons and US Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester called this “extremely confusing.”
“No one should feel unsafe or humiliated by any government or group that has sworn to protect and serve them,” he said. “This is especially true for students who have studied HBCUs like Delaware State University with a history of promoting areas that often experience discrimination and other barriers to access.”
Activities starting in Delaware State and Saturday morning at Alumni Stadium. One of the speakers is former Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who is expected to address the incident.
The incident took place in a year in which Delaware State and Black Colleges and other Universities have been subjected to repeated harassment.
Allen writes: “We must not forget how small the daily ridge is between ritual and supernatural, between the fascinating and the extraordinary, between the safe and the oppressed. This is true for all of us, especially for people of diverse backgrounds and the organizations they serve. They are always upset by the thought of being ridiculed.
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