Chicago police recently charged three teens with perpetrating a hate crime in a Dec. 23 incident. A Brother Rice student, Joshua Merritt, 17, was the victim and one of the accused is a classmate.
Merritt said Matthew Herrmann, 18, of Alsip and two other teens forced him to wear a noose and threatened his life, according to police.
Brother Rice High School officials are reportedly still looking into the matter.
According to police, the three teens acted as a pack, but could one of them had had second thoughts? Could one of them had told the other two what they were doing was wrong? What can communities do to make sure kids know about the seriousness of hate crimes and how to help prevent them?
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