Before Donald Trump‘s campaign rally in Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia, it has been reported that about 30 black students were removed from the event.
The escorted students stated that Secret Service agents were told by Trump to remove them, according to Des Moines Register reporter Jennifer Jacobs, who was at the event.
The black Valdosta U students tell me they were standing silently in the bleachers when Secret Service told them Trump wanted them removed.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) February 29, 2016
“We didn’t plan to do anything,”Tahjila Davis, a 19-year-old mass media major, tells USA Today. “They said, ‘This is Trump’s property; it’s a private event.’ But I paid my tuition to be here.”
“I don’t understand why they would do something like that,” she said. “I have not experienced any racism on this campus until now.” It’s worth noting that Valdosta State was a whites-only campus until 1963.
VSU students being kicked out for absolutely NO reason before Donald Trump makes his presence. pic.twitter.com/bOwnwvCkuN
— Huncho. (@OchoBoomin) February 29, 2016
According to sources, several agencies assisted with security at the Valdosta rally: the Secret Service, Valdosta police, the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office and others.
Many feel that this was a precautionary move since earlier that Monday (Feb. 28), a few black students at another Trump campaign rally, on the campus of Radford University in Virginia, were led out by Secret Service after they began chanting: “No more hate! No more hate! Let’s be equal, let’s be great!”