Judge says case of teens accused of hanging noose at Md. school not deemed hate crime
CROFTON, Md. (WJLA) —
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.