College… some parents would define it as a place that’s too expensive, close to home but can also be far away from home, it provides young adults with all the tools to live a full life, right? 

  • an education
  • new friends
  • new places
  • new experiences
  • independence
  • time management, balance
  • peers
  • work, pay
  • studying, learning
  • fun           

All the great things that seem to make it worthwhile. 

However, no student expects to encounter racism, torment, or hatred while away at school, the place that’s still too expensive yet necessary.

A young black student, Juwan Royal, was poisoned by his own roommate, Yukai Yang. They had been roommates for a few years, so the attack came as a surprise. Story here.


Story Recap:

Two students, who are roommates and have been roommates for a few years. Juwan and Yukai were just living their lives while attending school at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. 

All seemed to be going well, except racism and prejudice were brewing inside of Yukai, a Chinese immigrant. Soon, he started to poison Juwan. Slowly and steadily. 

First, Juwan started complaining of burning in his throat after drinking a bottle of water from a shared refrigerator. Juwan alerted Yukai, who was sleeping at the time. Yukai said, “so the substance that they are putting in your drink is colorless, odorless and dissolves in water.” 

A month passes and Juwan got sick again and called the police. Yukai said he saw Juwan’s mouthwash and milk change colors. Days later, Juwan went to the hospital after vomiting and shaking uncontrollably. 

Doctors performed several tests, it was discovered that he had been poisoned due to the high amounts of Thallium found in his system. Thallium is used to kill insects and pests.

Upon his return home, he found “N—– get out of here” written all on his personal belongings and a damaged television. Yukai was suspended from Lehigh. 

Juwan was shocked saying that he didn’t know there was a problem. Despite his illness and issues stemming from his roommate’s attempt to kill him, Juwan did graduate.

Yukai is charged with “attempted homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment” according to the article. His student visa was also revoked and he had to pay $10,000 for a bond. It was paid. 

A Rant in my Spirit:

Listen, Evan…

downloadI don’t have the time. Okay! 

College is expensive and stressful enough with exams, quizzes, reading 50 pages/night, study groups, parties, events, clubs, pledging, meetings, credits, sleeping… I mean, it’s got its own problems.

So, to add being worried about a trusted roommate being on some racist bullshit… Like, get the entire fuck out of here! 

If you read closely, you don’t even see what Yukai’s actual problem was… it seems that Yukai woke up one day and decided that he was going to ruin Juwan’s life as badly as he could. 

I want to know why. WHY? 

Was it jealousy? Was it parental pressure? Was it internal, self-imposed pressure? Or did Yukai just feel inferior? Mental illness? Paranoia? 

I need answers b/c this doesn’t make sense. They were roommates for years, YEARS! Where did this sudden hatred come from? 

Wherever it came from, he really could be facing some hard time and/or deportation back to China. I wonder if it was worth it?

Was losing his chance to make something of himself worth it? Did it solve any of your problems or just make them worse in a different way? Cause from where I’m sitting shit just got real. 

Sometimes, people are so smart that they are dumb. This seems like Yukai. Yes, a little bit of knowledge is dangerous.

Word of Advice:

download (1)There are so many other avenues that could have resolved this problem. Things like: 

  1. Talking to each other
  2. Talking to someone else, mediator
  3. Moving out
  4. Writing a letter

Anything! Anything was better than poisoning someone, pretending not to know what was going on, and lying about your involvement only to be found guilty anyway.

I think a lot of this was a lack of conflict resolution skills. A lack of respect for others. A lack of respect for himself. A lack of belief in getting caught. 

Either way, Yukai… you played yourself! 

I don’t know what he thought would happen, but I am sure he didn’t anticipate this; an attempted murder charge, aggravated assault… I mean, those charges are some pretty heavy hitters.

I am really surprised nobody mentioned this incident being a hate crime b/c it most certainly is one. Or mentioned that this was pre-meditated, planned. 

Well, I hope Yukai is convicted on all charges and serves time in prison whether here or in China b/c that’s what he deserves. Hopefully, he can learn the right way to handle conflicts and grow up a little.