Thu, Jan 25, 2007 - Page 7 News List

US football players charged with ethnic intimidation, assault

AP , RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA

Three football players at Guilford College, a school with a Quaker background, face charges of assault and ethnic intimidation after an attack on three Palestinian students, authorities said.

The victims were beaten with fists, feet and brass knuckles early on Saturday by attackers who called them "terrorists" and used racial slurs, the News & Record of Greensboro reported on Tuesday.

School officials believe about 12 people were involved in the altercation, Nic Brown, spokesman for the college in Greensboro, told reporters. Administrators were still trying to determine whether some of those involved were fighting or trying to stop the fight, Brown said.

"We've had a very, very unfortunate event, unfortunate conflict among students who actually knew each other, and who had lived and interacted in the same residence hall with no conflict among themselves,'' Brown said.

Authorities charged Michael Bates, 19, of Reidsville, North Carolina; Michael Robert Six, 20, of Greensboro, North Carolina; and Christopher Barnette, 21, of Semora, North Carolina, with ethnic intimidation and assault and battery, court documents said. They were released on Monday on US$2,000 bail.

The college will allow the three to remain on campus while it conducts its own investigation.

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