AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - The faculty members of UMass Amherst have a petition signed byover 126 fellow professors seeking re-instatment for Jason Vassell.Vassell is accused of stabbing two men he says broke into his roomand shouted racial epithets at him. He voluntarily left theUniversity rather than face expulsion.
At a news conference this morning, a group called "UMass FacultyConcerned for Justice" said the evidence points to Vassell actingin self defense. They feel the University acted hastily in havingVassell leave campus before the case is resolved.