2 Students Face Felony Hate Crime Charges For Speading Cotton Balls On Campus Lawn

Sean Fitzgerald, 19, (left) and Zachary Tucker, 21, (right) face felony charges for spreading cotton balls on the lawn of the Black Culture Center on campus.

The two students issued an apology for spreading the cotton balls on the lawn of the Black Culture Center on campus. They have not yet been formally charged.
KOMU reported:

The two students arrested for scattering cotton balls in front of the MU Black Culture Center offered their apologies to the campus and community in a statement released by their lawyers.

Sean Fitzgerald, 19, and Zachary Tucker, 21, “cited inconsiderate and inappropriate judgment” for their involvement in the incident on Feb. 26. Fitzgerald and Tucker have no prior criminal records.

The same night of the incident, the statement states the students participated in a series of activities that included riding the tiger in the quad, climbing on the statue at Faurot Field and hoisting a pirate flag at the ROTC building. The statement says Fitzgerald and Tucker regret the pain their actions caused others and the negative attention the incident attracted to the campus and community.

Both students were suspended from the University of Missouri.

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