A second student has been charged with ethnic intimidation from a Sept. 24 incident in which racial comments were directed at two black students on the Shippensburg University campus.
During the incident, which occurred shortly after 8 p.m. Sept. 24, two black students were walking near the Ceddia Union Building and heard a woman in a group of white students repeatedly yell a racial slur toward them, Shippensburg University Police said.
Bailey Bauserman, 18, of Shippensburg, was identified as one of the women involved through an investigation that included surveillance footage and multiple interviews, according to an affidavit of probable cause from Detective Karl Schucholz. Bauserman was interviewed by police on Oct. 4, and she admitted to being involved in the incident and making a racial comment.
She was charged with ethnic intimidation, harassment and disorderly conduct, according to court documents. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. Oct. 28 in front of Magisterial District Judge H. Anthony Adams.
Police had previously charged Samantha Crouse, 19, of Newville, in connection with the incident. Crouse admitted to making a racial comment in both that incident and a Sept. 17 incident in which a car full of people yelled obscenities and racial slurs at three black students leaving the recreation center, police said.
According to the Slate, the university’s student newspaper, University President Laurie Carter sent an email regarding the incidents to campus community members on Sept. 27.
“Such actions are unacceptable, and a full investigation is underway,” Carter said in the email. “Acts of incivility are contradictory to who we are as a community and the values we hold most dear.”
Daniel Walmer covers public safety for The Sentinel. You can reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 717-218-0021.
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