A 20-year-old Hampshire College student is currently facing charges after allegedly attacking a visiting basketball player over the player’s “culturally appropriated” hair braids, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
Carmen Figueroa, of Brooklyn, pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and disorderly conduct in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown on Friday.
The charges were incurred as the result of an incident that occurred at Hampshire College’s Robert Crown Center on January 27.
During the incident, Figueroa allegedly walked up to members of the Central Maine Community College women’s basketball team and demanded that they remove braids from their hair, calling “cultural appropriation.”
When the girls did not do as Figueroa asked, she allegedly initiated a fight with one of them. At the same time, another Hampshire College student who has not been identified is said to have pulled the hair of one of the visiting players, which caused her to fall down.
Figueroa then allegedly stepped on the player who had fallen, which injured her, according to court documents.