Update 4/24/08 – Nakita McDaniels, 15, has been sentenced to juvie for her role in the attack on Sarah Kreager.Â Two teens had charges dropped, and the other kids involved have received lesser sentences.Â Update at the bottom of the article.
BALTIMORE – Sarah Kreager, 26, suffered broken facial bones as well as serious cuts to her head and neck after she was punched, kicked and dragged off a Maryland Transit bus by a group of youths Tuesday afternoon. Kreager’s companion, Troy Ellis, was also attacked when he tried to intervene. The reason this is making news, aside from the fact that someone got their ass beat on a public bus, is the fact that Sarah is white, and the 9 (yes, NINE) teenagers were black.
The six boys and three girls, all 14 and 15 years old, were are also accused of menacing an elderly white passenger and assaulting the bus operator, a black male who defended his passenger. They all attend Robert Poole Middle School in Hampden.Their side of the story is that they were making fun of Keager because she had a black eye. Keager supposedly got mad and spit at one of the girls, then all hell broke loose. They claim there was nothing racial about the acttack and their parents are backing them up with statements made to the press like this one:
“It wasn’t a hate crime,” said one of the girl’s mother, Monalisa Carter. “That’s so untrue. I did not raise her that way. Britny is not a racial person. She has white friends, black friends; she gets along with everybody.”
In a written report, MTA police said the beating took place after one of the boys kept jumping in front of Kreager, claiming that the open seats on the bus were reserved. When Kreager finally found a seat, the teens began throwing punches at her and her boyfriend. Kreager stated that she never spit, and she never said anything racial. Kreager feels the attack was racial, but that it spiraled out of control when the youths started getting caught up in what was happening. They did not stop beating her until a woman came out of a corner house to intervene. All of the teens were charged as juveniles and released to their parents custody.
I am interested how this will pan out and if this will be considered a hate crime or not. Speak your mind, but don’t be ignorant.
UPDATE 4/24/08:Â Nakita McDaniels, 15, the ringleader of Sarah Kreager’s beating, has been sentenced to juvenile detention until she is released by a judge or turns 21.Â Two of the other nine teenage defendants had their charges dismissed.Â One girl was ordered to complete her ordered community service, and the remaining four teens were ordered to complete 50 hours of community service, 30 days of community detention, and violence prevention/mental health treatment.Tags: Assault, Beating, Hate Crime