SEMO Students Speak Out

SEMO Students Speak Out
By: CJ Cassidy

Cape Girardeau, MO - D
istu
r
bing allegations by a couple of
S
outheast
M
issouri
S
tate
U
niversity students have police looking for answers.

T
he two sophomores say a weekend party ended in violence
,
after some other students ganged up on them.

P
olice haven't named any suspects yet, but admit they're investigation does involve students from the
SEMO C
ampus.

M
eanwhile the victims
,
who are now
recovering
in their
S
aint
L
ouis homes tell me they know exactly who their attackers are.

"I
had a hole in my mouth.
I
got sti
t
ches
,
they fractured my nose a bit and
I
got a black eye
,
"

R

ansom
W
ard
says. The 19-year-old
claims he and his friend
S
ha
u
n
J
ohnson were attacked outside
a
fraternity
lodge
after a party
,
S
aturday night.

"As
soon as we walked outside
I
was blind s
i
ded
,
hit by one of th
o
se guys.
T
he rest of the guys as a team ran up and jumped us
," he says. When asked who he was referring to, Ward says: "T
he football team.
A
couple of guys from the football team ran up and jumped us.
There were
just two of us
, and
a whole bunch of them
.
"

S
peaking to me on the phone
,
S
ha
u
n
J
ohnson backs up
W
ard's story.
H
e claims he was kicked until he passed out and doctors had to wire his teeth back in place.

A
U
niversity spokesman says administrators
"
are in a waiting pattern and add if anyone is charged with a felony they would be suspended.
"

M
eanwhile
C
ape
G
irardeau police are still talking to witnesse
s, and say they allegations involving football players have been made to them.

"W

e have not justified that.
W
e're still investigating that
,
we're not saying any of theses people
are
affiliated with any athletics at
SEMO
at all
,
"
Patrolman Jason Selzer says.

"

T
hey tried to intimidate people we're not intimidated by them
,
"
Ward claims, and adds " I
hope justice is served
."

B
oth
R
ansom
W
ard and
S
haun
J
ohnson
say
they're not sure at this time if they'll return to
the SEMO campus next year.

W
e'll keep
you
updated on this story as we get more information.