A white high school kid was beaten on a Belleville West bus by a group of black students.
His crime– He sat in the wrong seat:
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Local officials are calling this a “hate crime.”
Don’t expect this to make any national headlines.
And, don’t expect Al Sharpton to rush to town to speak out against this hate crime.
The Belleville News Democrat reported, via Free Republic:
Police are calling the Monday morning attack of a Belleville West High School student on a school bus racially motivated.
Two black juvenile suspects are in custody after they allegedly beat a white student on a bus heading to Belleville West, police and school officials said.
The 17-year-old victim was one of just a few white students on the crowded bus about 8 a.m. A surveillance video from a camera mounted inside the bus shows the victim being choked and punched by two other students, ages 14 and 15.
“By watching the video, it looks like it was racially motivated,” Belleville Police Capt. Don Sax said. “It stands out to me.”
According to a news release, the victim sat on a bus seat next to one of the suspects, and the suspect told the older student not to sit there. There were few open seats available on the bus.
In the video, one of the suspects attempted to push the older student out of his seat and began punching the victim in the face and choking him.
Many of the students stood up and began cheering on the fight. The bus driver can be heard telling the students to “sit down.” After the fight broke up, the victim put in his ear phones and sat in the seat alone.
Maybe Al Sharpton will lead a protest in Belleville in support of the black students who beat the white kid just like he did in Jena, Louisiana.
UPDATE: The Belleville police are now backtracking on whether the attack was racially motivated.
UPDATE 2: Two students were suspended over the bus fight and may be charged with juvenile criminal charges.