Racist room­mate haz­ing leads to charges that carry jail time

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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.”

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