Charges recommended for 2 UW-Parkside students in racial hoax

Matt Montgomery

Charges recommended for 2 UW-Parkside students in racial hoax

CREATED Mar. 20, 2012

KENOSHA- The Kenosha County sheriff's department is recommending criminal charges against two UW-Parkside students for their role in an alleged racial threat hoax on the school's campus.

According to a press release, the investigation consisted of three suspects, 43 witnesses and a 41 page report connected to seven separate incidents involving death threats, threatening notes and a rubber band noose found on the campus back in early February 2012.

At the conclusion of the report, authorities are recommending charges of disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer for one female student for allegedly writing "death lists" and writing a threatening note discovered in the stairway of Pike River Suites.

Charges of disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer are recommended for another female student for allegedly writing a racial slur on a white board on February 2, 2012.

Authorities aren't recommending charges for the third suspect, for posting flyers with the noose on it questioning campus racism.

All three students have been removed from the campus.

The Kenosha County sheriff's office haven't resolved three aspects of the case.  Those include who left the original rubber band noose and note complaint, who put a noose and a written letter in red marker in a room or who wrote the racial slur in the dust on a car back on February 3, 2012.

According to Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said, "It was very important to get everything right in this investigation.  The Detective Bureau was asked to do a complete job investigating this incident and I believe they have taken it as far as it can go at this time." 

Sheriff Beth said that he expects that it will take the district attorney's office a significant amount of time to read and process the information contained in the report due to its sheer volume. 

The Kenosha County Sheriff's Department is not releasing the report as of this time. 

 

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