USC is suing two YouTubers, Ernest Kanevsky and Yuguo Bai, for barging into classrooms to film prank videos, charging they caused, quote, "terror and disruption," the L.A. Times reported. A judge issued a temporary restraining order Friday barring the two, who aren't USC students, from campus. The suit claims Kanevksy and Bai staged three of these incidents at the school, the most recent on March 29th, when they interrupted a lecture on the Holocaust, pretending they were a member of the "Russian mafia" and Hugo Boss, a manufacturer of Nazi uniforms during World War Two, according to court documents. The suit says there was panic among students, who began running from the classroom to get away from, quote, "what reasonably appeared to them as a credible threat of imminent classroom violence." In the first of the earlier incidents, the two YouTubers and an associate allegedly used physical intimidation to force the professor out of the classroom during a data science lecture in September and then took over the lectern and subjected the students to, quote, "insults and demeaning behavior." In the second incident, the two barged into a classroom dressed as characters from the popular TV show, Squid Game, and staged a fake kidnapping with two other associates. In addition to the restraining order, the suit is seeking compensatory damages
Officers arrested them at gunpoint in a parking lot near the classroom. No word on whether prosecutors are going forward with criminal charges, but the school is trying to get cash from the culprits.
USC is seeking a permanent injunction to stop Ernest and Yuguo from ever doing this kind of stunt again, as well as financial damages.