My Emails From the February 24th, 2018 Incident at Yale That Began the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax

Below please find my emails from the February 24th, 2018 Incident at Yale that began the nightmare that became the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax. As you will be able to tell from reading the emails, I did absolutely nothing wrong. In fact, I was the person who was terrorized in my own home, my isolated dorm room, on the evening of February 24th, 2018. You will also be able to see why the Yale Housing Managers told me that not only had I done nothing wrong, but that I was the only person involved who had done nothing wrong. Also, the Yale Housing Managers told me that they were extremely displeased with the way that the Hall of Graduate Studies Coordinators had handled the situation, and they told me that the Coordinators would be reprimanded for their wrongful behavior. The Yale Housing Managers told me to return to my dissertation, and not to give the incident another thought. They told me that they would deal with all of the other students involved, including the students who had terrorized me in my isolated dorm room that evening. I was trapped in my dorm room for hours, terrified, and unable to leave. I did not call the Yale Campus Police again, because I was terrified, justifiably, in retrospect, of further retaliation. This is why I chose to send an email to the Resident Coordinators instead. They did not respond to my email for many hours, as you can see from the emails below. The Resident Coordinators never spoke to me that evening, even though they seemingly spoke to everyone else involved, nor did the Yale Campus Police come to speak to me, as they said that they would. It seems, from the emails below, that the Resident Coordinators may even have been present for the event in the 12th floor common room that evening, which means that they would have been present when I was being terrorized in my dorm room. I believe now that they may have even participated in terrorizing me in my dorm room that evening.

Here is the YouTube Channel video wherein I read the emails:

Here are the emails:

The subject line reads: I had a negative experience I have to relate to you unfortunately

On Sat, Feb 24, 2018 at 6:28 PM, Sarah Braasch <email redacted> wrote:

To the HGS Resident Coordinators,

I’m so sorry guys. But, I have to ask that whichever persons or organization were holding an event in the common room on the 12th floor of the tower tonight, please don’t allow them to hold events in there any longer.

Their behavior this evening was disgusting.

I had an unfortunate experience. I have been especially cognizant of my personal safety with respect to access to my room in HGS (1201), since an HGS staff member was entering my room unauthorized and hanging out by my room on the 12th floor of the tower, waiting for me to enter and leave.

Today, around 5 pm, I think, a man entered the tower elevator behind me. It was just the two of us. I waited for him to use his key to operate the elevator, but it was clear that he was waiting for me to use mine. I felt a bit uncomfortable, but I went ahead and used my key and pressed 12 for my floor. Then, I asked him which floor he needed, and he said 12. Obviously, I became concerned, but I decided not to panic. I thought that maybe he was making use of the common room on the 12th floor, the only other room on the 12th floor, of course.

But, when we exited the elevator, I waited a moment before entering my room, so that he could make his way into the common room, but he didn’t. He just stood there like he was waiting for me to enter my room. Obviously, I wasn’t going to enter my room. I didn’t panic. I walked down the steps to the 11th floor, I went into the side stairway, and I walked slowly back up to the 12th floor.

From the side stairway, I entered the common room. There was no one in there, so clearly it was not being used. I hoped that the man had left.

I exited the common room, and I didn’t see him on the landing, so I approached my door, but then he called out to me — he was on the landing between the 12th and 11th floors. He asked me where the common room was.

I told him that no one was in there, and that he needed to be a resident and have a key to get in there, and that if he wasn’t supposed to be there that he needed to leave, because he was making me very nervous. He told me that he was a student. I told him it didn’t matter — you can’t get into the common room w/o a key and to please leave.

I entered my room and called the Yale police and told them what happened. I told them that I wasn’t sure if I really needed their assistance or no, but they said that they would stop by, just in case.

I assume that the police came by and spoke with whomever ended up using the common room, because a group of persons, shortly thereafter, stood outside my door, fake laughing uproariously and saying, Are we making you nervous, oh hell no, she’s going to call the cops on us!

I can only assume that these were the people who had arranged to use the common room this late afternoon.

I find their behavior egregiously unacceptable, and I ask you to not allow them to use the common room any longer.

I cannot even believe that they would do what they did, and I refuse to apologize for being concerned for my personal safety.

Thank you for reading this email and for your attention to this matter.

All best,
Sarah Braasch

On Feb 24, 2018, at 10:05 PM, Resident Coordinators <email redacted> wrote:

Good evening Sarah,
Thank you for bringing this serious issue to our attention.

We managed to speak to the policemen that came in, the suspicious character looking for the common room (who, by the way, was a student), and the resident that invited him.

There will be a Housing Office meeting happening at HGS on Thursday, the 1st of March, at 7pm. The meeting will be an info session for next semester’s housing plans, but there will be two of the housing office managers (cc’d in this email) present. We would encourage you to come and share what happened then so that we can find a way forward.


Grant & Esther

On Sat, Feb 24, 2018 at 10:12 PM, Bishop, Beth <email redacted> wrote:
Hi Sarah,
I’m so terribly sorry to hear of this incident. Please let’s meet before Thursday to discuss. I don’t think this can wait that long. Let me know your availability for Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.



On Feb 24, 2018, at 10:24 PM, Sarah Braasch <email redacted> wrote:

Hi Beth,

I could pop by your office (are you still in Helen Hadley Hall?) on Monday afternoon around 230ish or anytime thereafter. Thanks so much for taking this seriously.

I have no way of knowing if it’s the same people, but people hold noisy late night parties in 1200 not infrequently, and I usually try to just ignore them. We might as well go ahead and address that issue at the same time. I was planning on coming on Thursday anyway, to discuss my plans for next year.

It’s my fault. I should have just gotten out of the elevator to begin with, but I’m always so afraid of hurting others’ feelings that I put myself in bad situations.

Thanks so much.


On Sat, Feb 24, 2018 at 11:01 PM, Bishop, Beth <email redacted> wrote:

Monday at 2:30 will be fine. I’ll see you then.

Sent from my iPhone

Sarah Braasch <email redacted> Sun, Feb 25, 2018 at 10:56 AM

To: “Bishop, Beth” <email redacted>
Cc: “email redacted” <email redacted>, Resident Coordinators <email redacted>, “St. Marie, Katlyn” <email redacted>

Hi everybody,

The people who held the party last night (I assume that this was them.) left all of their trash thrown everywhere on the 11th floor landing, and the entire hallway reeks to high heaven. This is also not an uncommon occurrence, especially on the weekends.

Can we please implement a throw out your own trash policy, instead of leaving it in the hallway for the nearby residents to enjoy over the weekend each weekend?

Thanks so much. Another item for discussion on Thursday.


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