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Sergeant convicted of hazing Chinese-American private

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:24 p.m. HST, Nov 20, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. >> The seventh of eight courts-martial in the case of a soldier allegedly driven to suicide after being hazed has ended with a mixed verdict.

The Fayetteville Observer reports a jury found 27-year-old Staff Sgt. Andrew J. Van Bockel guilty of hazing Pvt. Danny Chen, of New York. The jury also found three specifications of dereliction of duty and two specifications of maltreatment, specifically related to racist nicknames for Chen and for having Chen speak Chinese to his fellow soldiers. The paper reports that Van Bockel was acquitted of two specifications of maltreatment.

Van Bockel, of Aberdeen, S.D., faces a maximum sentence of four years and nine months. Authorities say the 19-year-old Chen shot himself last year in Afghanistan after being hazed over his ethnicity.

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MichaelG wrote:
Unfortunately many White Americans do not consider other races, in this case a Chinese American as full and equal citizens.
on November 20,2012 | 08:52PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
This is unfortunately especially true in the Marine Corps. A Hawaii native of Japanese ancestry was the victim of such racism and was dismissed from officer training allegedly for being physically and mentally unfit despite the fact that he was an ILH all star and a Georgetown University Law School graduate. He was ultimately made a captain in the Marine Corps but only after a court ordered it.
on November 20,2012 | 09:08PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
I hope the Marines don't white wash the case and give the convict a light sentence. The Marines need to make an example of the sergeant and give him the maximum sentence.
on November 20,2012 | 09:11PM
localguy wrote:
EducatedLocalBoy - Hmmm, you seem to be "Uneducated" on your post. PVT Chen belongs to the U.S. Army, not the U. S. Marine Corps. Rookie posters........
on November 21,2012 | 01:41AM
LittleEarl_01 wrote:
Also Staff Sgt. Andrew J. Van Bockel is Army not a Marine.
on November 21,2012 | 04:21AM
PTF wrote:
Don't matter. They're a bunch of Jarheads and Grunts.
on November 21,2012 | 05:51AM
peanutgallery wrote:
Yes they are, and they protect your right to suffer optorectilitus.
on November 21,2012 | 07:45AM
nitpikker wrote:
peanut- so that makes it okay to be racist?
on November 21,2012 | 09:02AM
MichaelG wrote:
I think Educated Local Boy is referring to another case years ago that made national news.
on November 21,2012 | 04:56AM
wlsc wrote:
many of these white people from the mainland coming here to work, school or live temporarily feel they are superior to us locals. STAND UP TO THEM!!
on November 21,2012 | 03:56PM
peanutgallery wrote:
Racism exists everywhere. It's why multi-culturalism has failed world-wide. As residents of Hawaii, we see it every day. Whether it's "slap a Jap, and kill a Haole day" in school, or just the silent looks that we all know so well, racism is a nasty business. It has been pervasive in Hawaii since before the war, when newspaper headlines were rampant with stories about sending Japanese back to Japan for seeming to take jobs away from others. We even have the only school left in the United States that bases it's entrance on race. Who are we kidding?
on November 21,2012 | 02:42AM
peanutgallery wrote:
Racism is pervasive, especially in Hawaii. It's why multi-culturalism has failed everywhere.
on November 21,2012 | 02:44AM
nitpikker wrote:
you must be white!
on November 21,2012 | 09:03AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Multiculturism works better in Hawaii than on the Mainland, y'all. And for the life of me, I just can't figure out why you white guys hate Jews. Lol, they're the same as y'all, in mine eyes.
on November 21,2012 | 08:05PM
808Cindy wrote:
We the PEOPLE should make it a MANDATORY LESSON to be taught in our school system (RESPECT FOR OTHERS) because it is not taught at HOME!
on November 21,2012 | 06:43AM
That's funny, I teach it at home. The kids are learning reading and writing in school. And the teachers do tell the kids to respect others. I've seen it done in the Mililani School system. I'm an old buzzard and in my days we get the bamboo stick or belt if we misbehave. I've done well and my siblings too. Our neighbors in the same camp "sucked" it to their kids too and they all turned out well. It does start at home, unless your not doing your end ask Cayatano..
on November 21,2012 | 08:34PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Racism is alive and well today in 2012 United States of America. The KKK is still around and children still assault other children who are not of their race. Even our justice system is shows a tendency towards racism. Just look at the recent news today regarding police officers racially profiling people and look at our penitentiaries which have a disproportionate number of blacks. Many studies have shown that blacks tend to get the stiffer punishment when compared to whites of equal crime severity. And the blacks have also helped to proliferate the problem. They don't like it when the whites use the "N" word but use it themselves. If they don't like the "N" word, then they should just stop using it, period. Just observe the dynamics here in Hawaii and you will see racism. Just visit certain businesses and you will see a disproportionate number of workers of a certain race. Equal opportunity is the law but in practice employers do not hire people of a different race unless they have no choice. And then look at the board rooms of corporations. You will see a disproportionate number of whites. And the list goes on and on. From our own local culture we have the racist remarks regarding Hawaiians being late. But we know that that is not true. Then we have the ones about the Chinese being frugal. It's an old style mentality that people hold on to make sense of the world they live in. Unfortunately, it goes beyond this state of mind when it comes to hiring and meting out justice. I try to instill values that do not proliferate the idea that one race is better than another to my children. I teach them to treat others as they would want to be treated themselves. It all starts with the parents all the way to the teachers. Not enough time is spent on this in the public schools. I know because my children tell me that they spend more time regarding this issue in private school than they did in public school. They tell me that racism is pervasive in the public schools. Where does the fault lie? I think that the parents do not spend the time to teach their own children and possibly exemplify racist behaviors themselves. Teachers need to spend more time discussing the issue in class.
on November 21,2012 | 09:41AM
Mythman wrote:
First, I was a marine and harassement was nothing out of the ordinary, they considered it character building - follow orders, fight and slay the enemy and don't crack under pressure. Second, not a marine, army - anyone who discounts the guts of army guys is wrong - I've seen them in action. Third, I have it as a fact the Chinese in Hawaii routinely discriminate against certain other people here using local government authority. Racism, bias, discrim goes in all directions, it's a human trait. The law and the constitution, however, prevent the government from being used by any race but this rarely stops it from occurring, sadly.
on November 21,2012 | 02:28PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
It's not often that I agree with Mythman, well, except for Chinese racism. Japanese reverse discrimination maybe, especially in rental housing and dating their daughters. Ask me how I know this, lol.
on November 21,2012 | 08:01PM
It is so unfortunate that things like this are still happening after all these decades. First it was the "blacks", the Nisei (100bn/442Inf) and now they're doing it to individuals. If it's not other races, you can bet they will do it to their own race, of course, it would be the weak ones. I thought we all could be as one and help eachother to overcome our weakness. You'd think they would follow the moral of the story, A Few Good Men. Actually, I prefer to fight back against these "BULLY'S". Kids in school are doing this now......WHAT'S GOING ON. I guess if I "pop" the bullies I would get tossed in jail when it's their fault. Maybe that's the "deal"....fight back.
on November 21,2012 | 08:06PM
One more thing, the 27-year-old Staff Sgt. Andrew J. Van Bockel, did not perform his job well. The soldiers were told it was okay to call Pvt Chen Dragon Lady or Shoyu Sauce (other soldiers thought he was being harassed too). Van Bockel should have been given a dishonorable discharge as in the movie "A Few Good Men". His punishment was too lenient.
on November 21,2012 | 08:36PM
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