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Posted inCommunity, Crime, Crime & Safety

Berkeley students wear skirts for hate crime victim

Many students and staff at Berkeley’s Maybeck High School wore skirts today to show their solidarity for fellow student Luke “Sasha” Fleischman, whose skirt was set on fire as the 18-year-old slept on a bus on Monday. Most of the small school’s students and staff are pictured above, including Trevor Cralle, the school’s director (center, […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Teen who set fire to Berkeley student cites homophobia

The Alameda County District Attorney has charged 16-year-old Richard Thomas for a hate crime, along with aggravated mayhem and felony assault, for setting fire to 18-year-old Berkeley student Luke “Sasha” Fleischman on an AC Transit bus on Monday. Thomas said he committed the crime “because he was homophobic,” according to notes taken by the Oakland Police […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety, Fires, Schools

Supporters rally for Berkeley student set on fire on bus

Support and funds are pouring in for an 18-year-old Berkeley student who was set on fire while riding an AC Transit bus in Oakland Monday evening. Luke “Sasha” Fleischman, a senior at Berkeley’s Maybeck High School, was sleeping in the rear of a bus heading toward East Oakland. Fleischman’s skirt was set on fire, according […]