Racist roommate hazing leads to charges that carry jail time
SAN JOSE | Three white students at San Jose State University face misdemeanor hate-crime and battery charges.
Authorities say they harassed a black roommate by outfitting their dormitory suite with a Confederate flag, barricading him in his room, and fastening a bicycle lock around his neck and claiming they lost the key.
University President Mohammad Qayoumi said Thursday that the three youths have been suspended. The black student’s name was not released at his family’s request.
Santa Clara County prosecutors filed the criminal charges late Wednesday against Logan Beaschler and Colin Warren, both 18, and Joseph Bomgardner, 19.
They each face up to a year in jail if convicted.
According to a university police report, the suspects admitted that they harassed the freshman but claimed they were merely playing “pranks” or “jokes.”