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San Jose Students Charged With Hate Crimes Against Black Roommate

Three white students at San Jose State University have been charged with a misdemeanor hate crime and battery after beating their African-American roommate and repeatedly taunting him with racist comments. Logan Beaschler, Joseph Bomgardner and Colin Warren, all of whom were freshman living in an on-campus housing complex, terrorized the unnamed student since the semester began.

The trio allegedly fastened a metal bike lock around his neck, barricaded him in his room and wrestled him to the ground. They also tormented him by writing the N-word on a whiteboard in the room, hanging up a Confederate flag and keeping Nazi imagery including a swastika throughout the residence. The black student initially confronted his roommates privately, but said he only received a sarcastic apology note.

“I’m still in shock,” said the victim. “I tried not to dwell on this. But my family is upset and I’m upset.” The university has since suspended all three students while further investigations take place regarding possible expulsion. If the students are convicted on all of the charges, they could face up to one year in jail.

The racist incidents are particularly surprising given the liberal reputation of SJSU. The university had its first black homecoming king and queen just a few weeks ago, while SJSU also has a prominent statue of student Olympians making a black power salute. Last Thursday, students also held a “Black Thursday” rally on campus to show their objection to the racist behavior and demonstrate support for the student.

(Photo: Spartan Daily)

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