San Jose State students Colin Warren, Joseph Bomgardner and Logan Beaschler have been charged with a hate crime for bullying and harassing their black roommate. The black male student, who is a 17-year-old freshman and has not yet been named, alleges his roommates gave him the nickname “Three-fifths,” and later referred to him as “Fraction.” Warren, Bomgardner, and Logan have been accused of tormenting and ridiculing him continuously in a number of ways, including:

  • Outfitted the shared dorm room suite with a Confederate flag
  • Barricaded the claustrophobic student in his room
  • Wrote “nigger” on a dry-erase board in the living room
  • Put a U-shaped bike lock around his neck and then told him they lost the key
  • Tried the bike lock trick again a few weeks later
  • Put up Nazi symbols and pictures of Hitler in the dorm
  • Drew pictures of pentagrams to alarm the Christian student

The student says he was terrified of his roommates, locked his doors at night, and was afraid to report their actions. School administrators and other students at San Jose State have come out in support of the student, and hosted a rally on Thursday to raise awareness. 

(h/t Gawker

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