Native American Students, the Target of Harassment at Sheridan College.

Earlier this week we told you about an incident involving two Native American students at Sheridan College who had racial slurs written on their dorm door.

I went out to Sheridan after hearing of another Native American student who had her car windows smashed in.

Sheridan College, a seemingly nice and quiet campus disturbed by a recent hate crime.

On September 28th two Native American girls returned to their dorm room, seeing a racial slur written on a white board hung on their door.

That same night, over one-hundred people gathered during a support event held by school officials.

Flash forward to this morning...

"Well this morning when I woke up, I went outside to my car to get some pants and when I looked outside I seen that, I just seen that glass on the ground and I walked around and seen that my windows were busted out," said Shawntay Alden, Sheridan College Student.

Alden called campus police immediately, who came and took reports.

Officers took Alden’s car to collect evidence for their investigation.

"We do not believe it's racially motivated but because of the recent events we've had on campus we're definitely not ruling that out," said Chief Jason Vela of Northern Wyoming Community College District Police.

Alden says officers told her she shouldn't feel targeted because she had 30 dollars hidden in her car.

"They said they might’ve just taken the money, but I don’t know, I felt like if they wanted money that they would've and could’ve did that to someone else's car instead of just mine."

She says she can't seem to shake feeling she was targeted.

Especially, considering she is friends with the two Native American girls who were recently subjected to racial slurs.

“I went to the vice president and she was asking me how I felt and I was like well, I kind of feel sad but at the same time I kind of felt mad."

School officials say hate will not be tolerated on the campus.

"Right away start discussing with students how to handle some sort of a race, a race hate conversation, and dialogue, how to stand up for themselves and their friends and others. And we see that as, just not a onetime thing, we've got to be diligent, we've got to continue these conversations," said Wendy Smith, Public Information and Marketing Director for Northern Wyoming Community College District.

Smith says they will work to ensure those who step onto the Sheridan campus is safe and welcomed.

"We will continue to work without students and all of our employees and visitors to the campus to, first and foremost, make sure that this is a safe place to be, to learn and that all feel welcome here."

Alden says, after the previous incident her and her friends were told the campus would have more police patrolling and that campus officials would invest in camera's.

Something she believes should've been in place to begin with.

“I just kind of feel like we should feel more safer than anywhere else."

Smith says officials have discussed the possibility of cameras and other security measures such as a key card system for the dorms.

Since the incident two weeks ago, a native American club has started at the school.

Less than 10 percent of students at Sheridan college are minorities.



 
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