Student Files Claim, Seeks $5M for Hate Crime at San Jose State University

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    File photo of the San Jose State University campus.

    A San Jose State student is asking for $5 million in damages related to an alleged hate crime on campus, according to a claim filed Wednesday.

    The claim, filed by Donald Williams, alleges the university ignored warning signs of a dangerous situation in the dorm and was negligent. The lawsuit is the first time the public has officially learned the freshman's name.

    Williams, a black student who said his four white roommates bullied him for weeks by locking him in his room, hanging up a Confederate flag and putting a bike lock around his neck.

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    A SJSU spokesperson on Thursday told NBC Bay Area the university is aware of the claim, but also said it was filed with the wrong agency.

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    The student's attorney said if the university rejects the claim, he will file a lawsuit.