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Yale honours black girl wrongly reported to police over insect project – video report | Education

A nine-year-old girl whose neighbor called the police while she was working to eradicate invasive insects in her hometown has received an award from one of America’s most prestigious universities. Black Bobbie Wilson unwittingly sparked a nationwide discussion about the dangers of racial profiling when a neighbor called the police on Oct. 22 when she used a homemade repellant spray made from water, dish soap and apple cider vinegar to kill spotted lanterns, an invasive pest native to Asia that wreaks havoc. trees and which scientists advise to kill to protect the environment. The caller later reportedly apologized to Bobby’s mother. Earlier this month, the Yale School of Public Health held a ceremony honoring Bobby’s efforts to rid Caldwell, New Jersey, of the spotted lantern fly, university officials said.

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