Black Teen Forced Into Noose Over White Girl: Cops
3 Chicago high school students busted for hate crime, assault
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2012 12:33 AM CST
Updated Jan 27, 2012 1:01 AM CST
More trouble in Chicago.   (?dane brian)

(Newser) – Three Chicago teenagers have been arrested after placing a noose around a black student's neck at knifepoint because of his relationship with a white girl, according to law enforcement authorities. “I feel they were serious, and that if I didn’t get out of the house when I did, I might not even be here. I might be dead,” Joshua Merritt, 17, told the Chicago Tribune. The three students, ages 16 to 18, have been hit with a variety of charges, including hate crimes, unlawful restraint, assault, and battery. The girl at the center of the confrontation is the cousin of one of the teens. The assault occurred at his house, and his mother is an administrative worker in the Cook County state attorney's office, said police.

Merritt said the girl is a friend, but that they aren't dating. He said he was invited to the student's home by a friend, who was one of the three teens. After he arrived the trio began using racial slurs and one put a rope around his neck, while another held a knife to his neck and threatened to kill him, he said. “I couldn’t believe that they were doing this,” said Merritt. “I just felt trapped."

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Jan 28, 2012 3:51 AM CST
That's F-ed up....Poor kid
Jan 27, 2012 2:04 PM CST
At least now incidents such as this one are being reported and prosecuted. They weren't when I was in school. I had a narrow escape when a student drew a knife on me, and the student didn't even get a slap on the wrist.
Jan 27, 2012 11:46 AM CST
It's all fear based. When people start to feel that they can never get out of a bad situation ie the economy, they start turning on the easiest target....someone of a different color. And their parents are to blame too. They probably use the "n" word and blame them for all their difficulties. People have to wake up.... it's not a person's race that is the problem. It is the voting publics apathy.