A Shippensburg University student from Newville faces ethnic intimidation charges stemming from two incidents on the university’s campus in September.
Samantha Crouse, 19, was charged twice on Monday with ethnic intimidation, harassment and disorderly conduct after two incidents on campus, one on Sept. 17 and another on Sept. 24. The charges were filed via summons, and she is due in court for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 28.
According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Shippensburg University Police, the first incident at 9:11 p.m. Sept. 17 involved three black students who reported that they were leaving the recreation center when a car full of people drove by yelling obscenities and racial slurs multiple times. The people in the car did so while recording the interaction, according to police.
The female students were able to give a description of the white male driver and white female passenger, but could only mention there were several other occupants in the back seat.
While university police worked on this incident, a second incident was reported and Crouse was identified as one of the students, according to the affidavit.
About 8 p.m. Sept. 24, two black students reported that a group of four to five white men and three white women walked past them near the Ceddia Union Building when one of the women yelled a racial slur multiple times, and then repeated it when one of the black students paused to look around, according to the affidavit.
Police checked video surveillance in and around the building and found the people who had confronted the group. Police said they checked multiple university databases, and Crouse was identified.
Crouse was brought in on Sept. 26 and confessed, admitting to making the racial comment in both incidents, police said.
No information on any possible further arrests was released.
Shippensburg University did not return a call for comment Tuesday, but the university newspaper, the Slate, reported that SU President Laurie Carter sent an email to campus community members Friday.
“Earlier this week, racial slurs were used toward students on campus,” she said in the email, according to the Slate. “Such actions are unacceptable, and a full investigation is underway. Acts of incivility are contradictory to who we are as a community and the values we hold most dear.”
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