Naperville, Ill., police have charged a 14-year-old boy with a hate crime after he allegedly posted a photo of a black classmate on a Craigslist ad captioned, “slave for sale.”
According to the Chicago Tribune, the teen, who is white, was charged as a juvenile with two counts of committing a hate crime (a felony) and one count of disorderly conduct (a misdemeanor). From the Tribune:
The alleged incident began Thursday in the school lunchroom, Assistant State’s Attorney Lee Roupas told Judge Anthony Coco. The youth is alleged to have taken a photo of the student, also a 14-year-old male freshman, as they sat at the same lunch table. The youth then posted the photo on Craigslist with the caption “Slave for sale (Naperville)” along with other offensive language, Roupas said.
ABC News. Harry Smith, the attorney for the boy accused of posting the ad, told the Tribune his client and the victim are “friends” that participate in the same school activity. The boy is currently serving an in-school suspension, and as of Tuesday afternoon, a meeting was scheduled with the school principal for the boy to formally apologize to the victim of the racist ad.
NBC News, Naperville’s population of about 143,000 is composed of 73 percent white people, and only 5 percent black.