Student accused of carving swastikas, racist comments, files lawsuit against the college

Robert McDougal is charged with the destruction of two vehicles and violating a protective order to stay away from Orange Coast College in California.

(Orange County District Attorney’s Office)

A former student of a Southern California college, who is facing felony charges for allegedly carving swastikas and racist remarks in the roofs of two campus security vehicles, is now suing the college, claiming it discriminated against him because of a mental disability.

The Orange Coast College student, who, as Robert McDougal, 22, reportedly seized the vehicles after a suspension by the college for two years for the cause of a disorder in a classroom and shouting a racial slur at a security guard, the Orange County Register reported.

The college has filed a workplace-violence restraining order against McDougal, with the claim that his encounters with teachers and security personnel are “erratic and aggressive,” the newspaper reported.

McDougal the lawsuit claims that he has been diagnosed with autism and had an “excellent academic,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

A former Orange Coast College student accused of repeatedly violating a restraining order and felony vandalism continues, the college and the Coast Community College District for negligence, emotional distress, assault, battery and false imprisonment.

— The Coast-Report (@CoastReport) March 13, 2018

The lawsuit claims that the college harassed by the student and discriminated against him because of his disability and caused “irreparable” damage to his image and the reputation of” the Times reported.

The problems stem from an incident in which McDougal was manhandled by security guards when he tried to rush to a class to re-take an exam, the lawsuit claims.

Names as defendants in the lawsuit are Orange Coast College, the Coast Community College District and several college employees, the report said.

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