After 911 knife attack, University apologizes to student of Sikh faith for handcuffing him

CHARLOTTE (N.C.) — Officials at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte have apologized for a student who was found with a knife in a student union.

A message to UNC Charlotte residents Friday stated that campus police responded to a call about a person with a knife on Thursday. Officers approached the person at the student union and placed them in handcuffs. The university officers approached the person and placed them in handcuffs.

The Charlotte Observer reported that the handcuffed person posted a video of the incident on Twitter one day later.

The person who posted the message said that although they weren’t going to publish it, “I don’t believe I will get any support from @unccharlotte.” @CLTNinerNews @CLTNinerNews.”According to WSOC, UNC Charlotte officials said state law and university policy “prohibit the possession of a knife or other edged instruments on campus.”

A message to campus communiqued that the university wanted to use the incident to learn and collaborate with students who adhere to the Sikh faith.

The message stated that “Together we are confident that we can find reasonable steps and educational opportunities to both protect our campus’ safety and respect the religious practices of our community members.” We want all Niners to feel safe, supported, and welcome. We are sorry that this young man did not feel safe in our union yesterday.

The Sikh Coalition tweeted Friday that it had seen a disturbing video of the incident.

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