Three students expelled for harassment at California college: report

Sat May 3, 2014 11:09pm EDT

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(Reuters) - Three students charged in the alleged hate-related harassment of an African-American roommate at San Jose State University have been expelled and the suspension of a fourth student has been extended, a newspaper reported on Saturday.

The expelled students were also banned for life from enrolling in any college in the California State University system, according the San Jose Mercury News, citing university documents and sources familiar with the investigation.

A spokeswoman for San Jose State, Pat Harris, declined to comment on the report, saying the university does not discuss disciplinary action involving students.

According to the paper, students Colin Warren, 18, Joseph Bomgardner, 19, and Logan Beaschler, 18, face misdemeanor hate crime and battery charges for allegedly tormenting a roommate who was 17 at the time. Details about the case against a fourth defendant, a minor, have not been made public, it said.

Authorities said the four white students taunted and harassed the African-American student by displaying Nazi imagery and a Confederate flag in their dormitory and attempting to hang a U-shape bicycle lock around his neck.

The students have pleaded not guilty in Santa Clara County Superior Court. All four had been suspended by the university.

Warren, Beaschler and the minor student have been expelled, while Bomgardner remains suspended until July 31, at which time he may return to the school if he accepts certain sanctions and counseling sessions, the Mercury News reported.

Lawyers for the students could not be reached for comment on Saturday or did not respond to calls and emails seeking comment.

Eric Geffon, a lawyer for the accused minor, told the Mercury News that college administrators did not conduct a full review of the evidence before handing down the expulsions.

"It was clear early on they had already made up their mind," the newspaper quoted Geffon as saying.

Reports of the harassment become public in November, prompting campus protests by students, while a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People leader called for the students to be charged with felony crimes.

(Reporting by Kevin Murphy in Kansas City,Mo.; Editing by Chris Michaud and Robert Birsel)

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GuestOoo wrote:
After-effects of the lack of diversity in universities. These White students now think they are superior to the Black students and can bully them. But in reality, there has been gross inequity in the delivery of K-12 public education for the Black children where these Black children are stuck with bad K-12 schools for 13 years. Bantu education. With the AA banned and with continued disparity in K-12 public education between the rich and the poor, the playing field can no longer be leveled and the gap will further be widened between the number of White and Black students who go to college. With only a trickle of Black students attending college, the young White students will forever think that all Black students are stupid. However, in reality, these Black students were victims of bad K-12 public schools. These bad K-12 public schools need to fixed so that the Black students can receive quality education and can aggressively compete for university admissions.

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May 03, 2014 11:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
how pathetic. if this is true, all of them should be tried, and if convicted, sentenced to jail or prison.

May 04, 2014 7:35am EDT  --  Report as abuse
njglea wrote:
Good Job, San Jose State University! This is the kind of action it will take to stop radical racism in our higher education facilities in America. Now, it’s time to do the same for sexual misconduct on our campuses. Let’s restore civility in America.

May 04, 2014 10:30am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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