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USC Student Says Someone Hurled Eggs And Racial Slurs At Him
An undergraduate student at USC reported that someone threw eggs and yelled racial and homophobic slurs at him while he sat outside of his campus residence.Around 2 a.m. on Sunday, sophomore Ivan Tsang was sitting outside by a fireplace at Cardinal Gardens when the alleged attack took place, reports the Daily Trojan. According to Tsang, who is originally from Hong Kong, he was alone when someone threw three eggs from a nearby balcony over a 20-minute period.
Tsang described the incident in a Facebook post:
Although I was quite satisfied sitting quietly in front of the Cardinal Gardens fireplace enjoying my own company and the warmth of the fire, you had to add color to my night by not 1, not 2 but 3 eggs aimed clearly at me, while constantly calling my beautiful name, "Ching Chang Chong motherf---er gay" and other assorted words. I'm surprised you even noticed I was Chinese from so far away on your balcony. Perhaps you were probably not drunk or high?
Tsang said he attempted to ignore the eggs being pelted at him, but after the second was thrown, he decided to call USC's Department of Public Safety. The LAPD and the USC Bias Assessment, Response and Support Committee then began investigating the incident.
According to the L.A. Times, later that day, the suspect sent an apology to Tsang. "The suspect reached out to the victim on Facebook and tried to apologize,'' Los Angeles Police Det. R. Saafir said. "He says he's Asian too, that he had a little too much to drink.''
LAPD detectives said they intend to bring the suspect in for questioning, and that despite the apology, there's still the possibility that charges will be filed.
A statement from USC Vice President for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry about the incident said, "We have a zero tolerance policy for any conduct that threatens or intimidates our students.''
Tsang also posted on Facebook:
Coming to the US all the way from Hong Kong, I chose USC for the sole purpose of escaping the reality of Racism, hoping to settle in a much more contemporary and diverse community. I guess I thought wrong. However, I'm confident to say though, that this obviously does not represent the USC community (unless, of course, more of these incidents show up), and I look forward to your eggs again. Next time, I would like them sunny-side up please.