Student Wears Gorilla Mask with Bananas in Hand to Taunt #BLM Protesters


Tristan Rettke, a student at Eastern Tennessee State has been charged with civil rights intimidation and placed on interim suspension for wearing a gorilla mask and distributing bananas in efforts to provoke students attending a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest on campus.

Dressed in overalls, a white T-shirt, and a gorilla mask, Rettke attempted to hand protest participants bananas while holding a rope in his hand. He was eventually apprehended where he told officers that he attended the event “in attempt to provoke the protesters.”

Rettke was charged with civil rights intimidation and placed on interim suspension.

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