Students Charged for Racist Threats, Dangling Noose

Dormmates allegedly hurled racially charged threats

Three Lewis University students are under arrest, facing possible hate crime charges after allegedly taunting dorm mates with racial  slurs and a dangling noose outside a dorm window.

Charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, are two Schaumburg men, Matthew McCormack, 21, and Daniel Rusch, 19, along with Michael Lisman, 20, of Kansas City, Mo.

Police in Romeoville say the three students, who were in a dorm room directly above that of the victims, shouted racially charged threats and lowered a noose outside the dorm windows at about 1 a.m. on April 16.

"Actions of this nature will not be tolerated," The Chicago Tribune quotes a statement from Lewis University as saying.

The students have been restricted from campus pending a student judicial hearing, the statement said. Police and campus security are conducting an investigation.

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