"A pair of 16-year-old girls face hate crime charges after they allegedly handed
out anti-gay fliers targeting a classmate at their northern Illinois high
The girls were arrested May 11 after handing out fliers in the
parking lot of Crystal Lake South High School that depict a male student kissing
another boy and contain hateful language about gays.
Officials say the
fliers targeted a male classmate, who is also a neighbor of the girls. The two
girls had apparently been feuding with the boy.
Earlier today, a judge
rejected bond for one of the girls, citing her home environment and already
lengthy juvenile record — 13 run-ins with the cops. Instead of home detention,
the girl will be held at the Kane County Juvenile Justice Center while the case
is pending, according to the Daily Herald."
Honestly this sounds more like a teenage prank than anything else. Does that mean that they should be given a slap on the wrist and sent home? no. I don't know if charging them with a felony is the answer either. Not knowing the details of the case, and the threat that was present it is hard to say more, but I think this is bringing politics into a school yard squabble and is an abuse of the hate crimes law.