Louisiana teenager charged with hate crime for whipping black student

A 15-year-old Louisiana high school student has been charged with a hate crime after video showed him throwing cotton balls at a black student before whipping him with a belt.

The white teenager, who has not been named, faces simple charges of assault and battery and a hate crime for the March 9 incident at the cafeteria of Vandebilt Catholic High School in Houma.

A video taken by another student and posted on social media shows the white teenager, a ninth grader, throwing cotton balls at the black student, who is sitting at a table in a crowded cafeteria. The white student then hits the black student four times with what appears to be a small belt, The New York Times reported. The black student then jumps out of his seat and pushes the other student away.

Police investigated the video and arrested the white student, who was later booked into the Terrebonne Parish Juvenile Detention Center, Sheriff Tim Soignet said in a news release.

“I’m very happy the school has taken a stand on this,” Soignet said Wednesday, according to USA Today. “When we received the complaint, we immediately put our detectives on it. They worked all weekend so that we could come to this and proceed with the arrest of this minor.




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