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NCCU student charged with assaulting classmate

Posted October 8, 2010 4:50 p.m. EDT
Updated October 8, 2010 5:09 p.m. EDT

— Durham police charged one North Carolina Central University student with an assault on another this week for an incident that happened in a campus computer lab.

Amy Yessalavich, who is white, said Latasha Johnson, who is black, made a series of racial comments then assaulted her, leaving her with some bruises and swelling.

Yessalavich filed a complaint with Durham police on Oct. 1, and Johnson was arrested on a charge of simple assault.

The university's Disciplinary Committee heard the case on Friday. A ruling is expected next week. In a statement, NCCU spokeswoman Cynthia Fobert said the university is committed to the safety of all its students.