In Pennsylvania, the hate crime category is seldom utilized. However, a recent case that involved a teen facing assault charges has turned into a different situation altogether. Now a ninth grade student faces charges of ethnic hate crimes.
The case against the 14-year-old boy was opened after the Northampton District Attorney's office heard of the charges against an African-American teen. According to the report, the teenager was charged after he allegedly attacked the younger boy for supposedly posting demeaning footage of the older boy on a social media site. It was that footage and the purportedly accompanying derogatory language that prompted the DA to pursue a case against the freshman.