White student calls police on black student napping in Yale dorm


A black Yale University student was interrogated by campus police officers after a white student reported her for sleeping in her dormitory common room, the Yale Daily News reported.

Lolade Siyonbola, a graduate student at the university, said that a white graduate student entered a common room in Yale’s Hall of Graduate Studies where she had fallen asleep working on a paper. The white student then told Siyonbola that she was not supposed to be in the common area and threatened to call police, according to videos Siyonbola posted on social media.


“You’re not supposed to be sleeping here. I’m going to call the police,” the white student said, according to Siyonbola.

“I have every right to call the police. You cannot sleep in that room,” the white student added.

Two white police officers arrived soon after the white student called police and began questioning Siyonbola, as seen in another video she posted.

“You’re in a Yale building and we need to make sure that you belong here,” one of the officers told her in the video.

“I deserve to be here. I paid tuition like everybody else. I’m not going to justify my existence here,” she told officers. “I am not going to be harassed.”

One officer in the video deemed the investigation into her status as a student “protocol.” Two more officers reportedly arrived to check Siyonbola’s status, later discovering that her name was misspelled in the student database before telling her she was free to go.

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