ETSU student charged in gorilla mask incident arraigned, given Nov. court date

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Dozens of people were gathered Thursday on the campus of East Tennessee State University for a peaceful protest –just one day after police charged a student for trying to provoke demonstrators at a Black Lives Matter event.

University officials told News Channel 11, on Wednesday Tristan Rettke was wearing a gorilla mask and began handing out bananas to students holding Black Lives Matter signs at Borchuck Plaza.

Rettke appeared in Sessions Court Thursday afternoon for an arraignment hearing on charge of civil rights intimidation. His next court date has been set for Nov. 9 at 1:30 p.m.

Earlier Thursday, Elizabeth Kubel joined News Channel 11 at Noon for an update at ETSU’s campus where dozens of students were gathered in unity following the incident.