Girls Charged with Hate Crimes for Nasty Prank in Feud with “Gay” Friend

Fri May 18, 2007 - 12:15 pm EST

By Peter J. Smith

  CRYSTAL LAKE, Illinois ( – Two Illinois high school girls were arrested and brought into juvenile court to face felony charges for “hate-crimes.” The pair had distributed “inflammatory” flyers directed at another student, which fellow classmates described as a part of a feud between friends that went too far.

  Police Chief Dave Linder told local media the girls, two 16 year-old Crystal Lake South High School students whose names were not released because of their age, had posted 40 fliers featuring a male student kissing another boy with "words of an inflammatory nature" written below on car windshields in the school’s parking lot Friday before police arrested them.

  Police charged the two for committing a hate crime, disorderly conduct, and obstructing justice since the girls tried to resist arrest.

  Both girls face class 3 felony charges since the incident took place on school property. If convicted, the girls may face either prison time (30 days in the Kane County Juvenile Detention Facility) or probation with possible community service. On top of that the court may order “restitution” to the victim or a fine of up to $1000, which the parents would be responsible for.

  McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi celebrated the arrest saying, “This is a classic case of the kind of conduct that the state Legislature was directing the law against. This is what the legislators wanted to stop, this kind of activity.”

  However fellow classmates Ryan Diamond and Crystal Erdman told local CBS2 that both the school and police had overreacted to what was a vicious feud between one of the girls and the boy pictured, saying they had been best friends.

  Diamond and Erdman said the quarreling blew out of proportion when one of the girls posted the homosexual kissing picture on her MySpace page and then printed fliers with the picture and phrase: “God hates fags.”

“I don’t care that people are gay,” Diamond said. “If my best friend told me he was gay, I’d be fine with it. I just don’t think my friend should be arrested for that. Give them a warning, give them a fine, that’s one thing, but to arrest them, that’s bull.”

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