Two University of Missouri students were arrested Monday for allegedly harassing a Jewish classmate for months with anti-Semitic messages, authorities said. Eric Eastman, 18, and Noah Rogers, 19, have been charged with first-degree harassment, which is a Class E felony and punishable by up to four years in prison.
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The alleged victim called University of Missouri police to McDavid Hall on campus where he said Eastman and Rogers have been sending him hateful messages since August. Hank Foley, the school’s interim chancellor, spoke out against the accused students’ alleged behavior.
“This behavior is abhorrent and antithetical to our core value of respect,” he wrote in an email to the campus community. “It simply will not be tolerated.” Eastman and Rogers could both be expelled from the university, according to Foley.
The case will be investigated by the Boone County Prosecutor’s Office and the university’s civil rights office.
“Please know we remain steadfast in our commitment to ensuring that Mizzou is a welcoming and safe campus,” Foley added.
Boone County assistant prosecuting attorney Jessica Caldera will make a decision whether or not to file charges once she has received and reviewed all of the information from campus police.
This case comes amid a recent surge in vandalism at Jewish cemeteries and bomb threats against Jewish community centers in Missouri, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere across the country.
Who Are Eric Eastman & Noah Rogers?
Eastman, a freshman, and Rogers, a sophomore, are both music majors at the University of Missouri. They are also both from Columbia, Missouri. They are facing charges of first-degree harassment for allegedly taunting a Jewish classmate with anti-Semitic messages.