Last November, members of the Black Students Union at San Jose State University rallied on campus to demand answers over the reported tormenting of an African-American freshman Donald Williams Jr that included putting a bike lock around his neck, hanging Nazi symbols around the apartment, referred to him as 3/5ths and writing the N-word on a dry eraser board in the suite that they shared.
Freshmen Colin Warren, 18, of Woodacre in Marin County in the Bay Area; Joseph Bomgardner, 19, of Clovis in Fresno County, and Logan Beaschler, 18, of Bakersfield have been expelled and the suspension of a fourth student, who hasn’t been named because he is a minor, has been extended.
According to the Mercury News, the students have pleaded not guilty in Santa Clara County Superior Court. All four had been suspended by the university.
From Mercury News:
The expelled students are banned for life from enrolling in any California State University college, according to university documents and sources familiar with the investigation.
“It’s a no-brainer,” said LaDoris Cordell, a retired judge and city police watchdog who chaired the task force. “They have no business being enrolled at SJSU.”
But a lawyer for one of the three expelled students said college administrators failed to conduct a thorough review of the evidence.
“We were very disappointed with the school’s process,” said lawyer Eric Geffon, who represents a student who was under age 18 and is being prosecuted as a juvenile. “It was clear early on they had already made up their mind.”
A university spokeswoman said the college is prohibited from commenting on disciplinary matters concerning individual students.
Williams’ father, who is a theater professor at UC Santa Cruz, and his mother reported their son’s ordeal to campus police via housing officials after they noticed a Confederate flag draped over a cardboard cutout of Elvis Presley in the living room of the suite and a dry-erase board with the “N-word” scrawled on it.