Two University of Missouri students landed in jail after acting like some donkeys and vandalizing the school’s black culture center with cotton balls — a painful reminder of the cotton pickin’ slavery days!!! Pop the hood for more.
Two University of Missouri students were arrested Tuesday for allegedly dropping cotton balls outside the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center last week.
MU police said in a news release Wednesday morning that officers arrested Sean D. Fitzgerald, 19, and Zachary Tucker, 21, at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday on suspicion of second-degree tampering, which would be sentenced as a Class D felony under provisions of Missouri’s hate crimes law.
An anonymous tipster led police to the suspects, Capt. Brian Weimer said in the prepared statement.
Tucker, 21, is listed as a senior psychology major in the MU directory, and Fitzgerald, 19, is a freshman political science major.
Each man was released from the Boone County Jail after posting $4,500 in bond.
Chancellor Brady Deaton has temporarily suspended the students. Deaton released a statement today saying the suspension is in the “best interest of the university community.”
Further discipline will depend on the outcome of a formal student conduct process.
Nathan Stephens, director of the center, said he was pleased the arrests were made.
“I am excited that justice has prevailed,” he said Wednesday morning. “I’m saddened for these students, but I’m also hopeful we can now continue to galvanize and make this university into what we want it to be — we being all faculty, all staff and all students.”
Asked what punishment the students should ultimately face, Stephens suggested expulsion.
“I don’t think they have a place here,” he said. “I just think there has to be no tolerance at all for that kind of thing, regardless of whether it’s a crime against race, religion or sexual orientation. I would feel the same if Muslim students were harassed or members of LGBTQ community or if a woman was sexually assaulted. There’s no room for those types of behavior at an institutions like this.”
Way to waste your lives Zachary Tucker and Sean Fitzgerald — now you all are gonna end up some college degree-less felons. They should sentence them to hard labor in some real cotton fields — now that would be true justice.
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