When Kennesaw student Kevin Bruce walked into the school's advising office, he could not have expected that his simple question would turn into a security matter.
According to the video, Bruce posted online, Abigail Dawson, the adviser, for some reason decided that he was posing a direct threat to her and the office's wellbeing, and threatened to call a campus security. Why? Because Bruce wanted to wait in the office until someone arrives to address then his questions.
"You will not harass Mrs. Tilley like that." Dawson, says in a video. "I will call security. You can fill out the form just like everybody else does." Although Bruce says that he's just waiting to talk to an adviser, the exchange escalates. "Sitting here until somebody's available ... is harassing them," Dawson responds. Moments later, she leaves, telling Bruce she's requesting for security.
Is it about race? Bruce told Atlanta's WAGA-TV he understood things would go downhill when the front-desk assistant replied she'd get Dawson, because he's had issues with her for several months. Anticipating what he described as Dawson's "attitude" problem, Bruce recorded their interaction so he could explain the situation to the administrators, reports Mic.com.
Kennesaw State University apologized for Dawson's conduct. She was given a formal written warning and was temporarily reassigned.
“While we in no way condone Ms. Dawson’s actions, we also acknowledge that we need to make some changes in our advising structure to provide more training and support for our staff so that they are better equipped to help our students navigate their college experience,” Ken Harmon, provost and vice president of academic affairs, said in a statement.
Moreover, the university launched a website where students can report instances of bias found on the Kennesaw State campuses.