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Black Student at Lehigh University Harassed and Assaulted on His Way to His Dormitory

A Black student at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was accosted when he was walking back to his dormitory. Authorities allege that the student was harassed with a racial slur from a group of individuals in a passing car.

The car then stopped and four men got out and surrounded the Black student and assaulted him. They then chased the Black student back to his dormitory. One of the defendants allegedly brandished a firearm and banged on the door of a room where the Black student had barricaded himself.

in a statement, university officials said that “we are pleased that the assailants were charged and we continue to cooperate in the investigation. We support prosecution of this threat of violence and act of hate to the fullest extent of the law. We stand united in working together as a campus to eradicate hate and violence.”

Blacks make up 5 percent of the undergraduate student body at Lehigh University.


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