Two Jewish Towson U. students called slurs, punched in the face
TOWSON, Md. (WBFF) - Two Jewish students said they were called slurs at Towson University and punched in the face early Sunday morning.
The two victims were followed by two suspects to a home on Aigburth Road near York Road at 2:12 a.m. April 29, confirmed Baltimore County police spokesperson Ofr. Jennifer Peach.
The suspects yelled anti-Semitic slurs, including "F--- the Jews," while following the victims, then punched one of the victims in the face on the front lawn of the house, said Peach.
The second victim retreated and called 911, then returned to try to break up the fight and was also punched in the face, according to the police report.
A third person got out of the house and tried to break up the fight. Then Baltimore County police arrived and did break it up; Towson University police also responded to the scene.
The incident is being investigated as a second-degree assault and a bias incident because the victims believed it was motivated by their religion, said Peach.
All of the people involved are Towson University students, said Peach.
"The incident has been referred to the Office of Student Conduct and the Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity to launch a full investigation on the basis that the incident was reported as both assault as well as hate-bias," said Towson University spokesperson Sean Welsh in a statement. "All reports are taken seriously and thoroughly investigated."
"Any student found responsible for prohibited conduct according to the Towson University Code of Student Conduct is subject to sanctions up to and including suspension or expulsion from the university," he added. "Towson University does not tolerate acts of hatred and bias, racism or discrimination of any kind on our campus or by members of the TU community. We have contacted the victims in this case and are lending our full support to them, their families as well as members of the community. Towson University remains committed to diversity, inclusivity, and fostering an environment that enables all members of our community to thrive, succeed and achieve their potential."