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4th student suspended in Bay Area hate crime case

  • Champagne Ellison, a senior at San Jose State University, speaks at a rally protesting a reported racial hazing of an African-American freshman last month on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. Three students at San Jose State University are facing misdemeanor hate-crime and battery charges after authorities say they harassed an African-American roommate by outfitting their dormitory room with a Confederate flag and a racial epithet was found on a board. (AP Photo/San Jose Mercury News, Karl Mondon) MAGS OUT; NO SALES

According to a police report, they outfitted their dormitory suite with a Confederate flag, barricaded the victim in his room, and placed a U-shaped bicycle lock around his neck and claimed they lost the key.

The victim hasn't been named at his parents' request.

The San Jose Mercury News reported that one of the suspects, Beaschler, turned himself in Thursday and that the others were expected to surrender this week.

Qayoumi also announced that after meeting Friday morning with the Rev. Jethroe Moore, president of the San Jose/Silicon Valley Chapter of the NAACP, he is taking a number of steps in response to the allegations, including: hosting a campus forum in December to discuss racial intolerance at SJSU; offering a lecture series next spring on diversity and tolerance; and a review of the university's practices related to students' well-being.

"Our goal is including race-based misconduct in existing zero-tolerance student conduct policies," Qayoumi said, adding that he had asked for a report on the policies by Dec. 15 and would share the results publicly.

Qayoumi and Moore will hold a press conference on the campus at noon Monday to discuss the pending criminal charges.


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