Two Native American brothers discovered the dark side of visiting Colorado State University this week when a nervous mother called the cops on them, CNN reports. The teens, identified by KOAT as 17-year-old Lloyd Gray and 19-year-old Thomas Gray, were on a campus tour Monday when a prospective student's mother called the police because the boys made her "nervous," CSU says. A video released by police shows officers pulling the two boys aside and having them hold their hands out, empty their pockets, and show ID. One officer pats down a Gray brother when he can't produce identification. "People were just worried because you were real quiet and didn't answer their questions," an officer is heard saying. One of the boys says his brother didn't answer questions because he's shy.
By the time it was clear the Grays had tour reservations, the tour had moved on without them. "They were shocked," their mother Lorraine Kahneratokwas Gray tells the Guardian. "They were trying to figure out what they did wrong. It could have ended so much more tragically. When he reached into his pocket, what if the cop thinks he has a gun and shoots him?" She describes CSU as their "dream school" and says the boys "scraped together money to go up there and took our family car." For its part, CSU calls the incident "sad and frustrating" and offers in a tweet to give the Gray family "a VIP tour with all expenses covered." The incident comes on the heels of the Starbucks debacle and other apparent racial profiling incidents in the US, CNN notes. (Read more racial profiling stories.)