SAN JOSE — A fourth San Jose State student has been charged with a hate crime over allegations he and three others bullied their black roommate, according to a source.
The student, who is a juvenile, was charged with misdemeanor hate crime and battery, the same charges the other three students also face.
One of them -- Logan Beaschler, 18, of Bakersfield -- turned himself in Thursday. He declined to comment when reached by this newspaper. The others -- Joseph Bomgardner, 19, of Clovis; and Colin Warren, 18, of Woodacre -- are expected to surrender this week and could not be reached.
The three adult suspects are scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 6.
The roommates are accused of clamping a bicycle lock on the student's neck, taunting him with a racial epithet and slurs, and barricading him inside his bedroom in the suite they shared.
News of the charges prompted a campus march Thursday that drew hundreds of concerned and angry students, faculty members and others. The march ended at the statue that celebrates Black Power and the iconic 1968 Olympic salute on the medal stand by Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who both attended SJSU.
"This is a heartbreaking situation," Carlos said. "At San Jose State that monument was established to promote diversity, love, understanding and respect. It is very difficult for me wake up and think that the school would be a place where students feel they can act in such a manner and think they can just abuse a person of color in such a way. Once again we are bitten by the ugly bear of racism. I would hope San Jose State would deal with this in as firm a matter as possible. This cannot stand."
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