A New York college was locked down for hours Monday night after a student reported seeing what appeared to be an armed man on campus.
The armed man turned out to be a black student carrying a glue gun for an art project, officials at Colgate University said early Tuesday.
The New York Daily News reports President Brian W. Casey issued a statement Tuesday (Mary 2) calling for an investigation into the event, which he described as “profound error” and acknowledged the “implicit racial bias.”
“It is important that we understand the role that implicit racial bias had in the initial reporting of and responses to the events of last night,” Casey said, noting that the initial report described an armed black man walking into the campus center. “I want to make sure we speak with those who made and received the initial report to understand the role this played.”
Campus Safety Director Bill Ferguson, who handled the school’s security response Monday night, has been placed on administrative leave as the investigation into Colgate’s response continues.