Judge says case of teens accused of hanging noose at Md. school not deemed hate crime

Conner Charles Prout, 19, and John Adam Havermann, 19, were arrested in connection with a noose found hanging from a light fixture at Crofton Middle School on Friday, May 12, 2017. (Anne Arundel County Police)

A Maryland judge claims two teens accused of hanging a noose outside of a middle school is not considered a hate crime.

Surveillance video captured the teens hanging the noose outside of a classroom window at Crofton Middle School in Maryland in May of 2017.

Nineteen-year-old Conner Charles Prout pled guilty to a misdemeanor hate crime, and 19-year-old John Havermann pled not guilty.

Judge Paul Harris found Havermann guilty of trespassing but said he was not ready to rule on the hate crime charge based on a Maryland law.

Maryland law defines a hate crime as something done to a person not a school community.

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