Cornell Frat Boys Called Blacks "Trayvon," Hurled Bottles at Them
Campus police are investigating the incident.
A group of black Cornell University students are accusing white members of fraternity Sigma Pi of racism, according to the Cornell Sun.
The students claim that they were walking by the fraternity's house early Sunday morning and bottles, cans and other debris were hurled at them. When the group of black students asked them to stop, the frat boys who were white reportedly yelled "Come up here, Trayvon!"
Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in February in a death that has shocked the African American community and the nation. He was unarmed when he was killed by half-white, half-Latino man George Zimmerman.
Beverly Fonkwo of the Cornell class of 2014 said she was walking with a friend when a barrage of objects began falling near them.
When they asked them to stop, the group responded, “‘Come up here, Trayvon, and started making all these other racial comments,” Fonkwo said.
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“I feel like it was targeted and racially motivated … we felt very threatened,” Fonkwo said of the incident Sunday. The assailants reportedly ran inside when Fonkwo called the police.
Sigma Pi President Zach Smith of the class of 2013 said in an email Sunday afternoon that the fraternity has “figured out who the perpetrator was, and will turn his name over to police.” The individual identified was not a brother of the fraternity, he said.