‘Hate crime’ accusations after beer sprays Muslims walking past college party
Franklin & Marshall College are taking undisclosed disciplinary action against a student who allegedly threw an opened beer can at Afghan refugee children passing by an off-campus party.
Leigh Lindsay, owner of Fin Salon in Lancaster, called city police after a friend reported the incident in front of a college-approved party held at the “football leadership house” on Pine Street Saturday afternoon, Lancaster Online reports.
Neighborhood resident Jacob Zug told Lindsay they were walking behind a teenage Muslim girl wearing a hijab and her two younger brothers when s student on the third-floor landing threw an open beer can on the sidewalk in front of the kids, spraying beer on them.
“I was so mad,” said Lindsay, who also posted about the incident on Facebook.
City police contacted campus police, who responded to the party around 4:15 p.m. and closed it down.
F&M officials announced Wednesday they plan to take action against the student responsible, but allege the incident wasn’t racially motivated or malicious.
The college issued a statement claiming the student was trying to throw the can to a friend, and missed. The statement did not name the student, but said the can was allegedly unopened when it hit a fence post and burst near the children.
“Nobody outside the party was targeted,” F&M alleged in the statement. “This was students goofing around.”
Neighbors and witnesses, however, provided a different account, PennLive.com reports.
Zug told Lancaster Online that if the beer toss was unintentional, “it was a heck of a coincidence.”
“He wasn’t throwing it to a friend,” said Zug, who contends the children looked “sad and embarrassed” by the incident.
They simply kept walking, he said.