Armed with a noose, gun, and a Snapchat video, two California teens threatened to kill their classmate.
The white high school students have been charged with a hate crime after sharing the 12-second video clip that shows them holding a noose and saying, “You must die,” to their Black classmate, who they called out by name.
“I know that a noose around someone’s neck is nothing to joke about,” the targeted young man said. “I heard my name in the video.”
The hateful clip concludes with the firing of a gun.
“The death threat made me afraid because I was singled out,” the Black teen added. “I felt threatened and angry.”
The two 16-year-old Central Catholic High school students from Modesto, California, were arrested Monday for allegedly producing or distributing the video, which the victim’s mother alerted police about.
The attorney of the victim, Jacq Wilson, said of the young man, “He understands the historic significance of the noose and the terror it has caused people throughout history.”
The culprits have been charged with making terroristic threats, criminal conspiracy and committing a hate crime.
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