A 14-year-old white student is learning the hard way that racism does not pay after he was charged with a hate crime after he posted a picture of his Black classmate in a Craigslist ad as a "Slave for Sale."
According to a press released distributed by The County of DuPont, a male Naperville Central High School student appeared in Juvenile Court this morning in front of Judge Anthony Coco.
The allegations are that on November 14, 2019, the unidentified took a photograph of the victim while at school. He then posted an ad on Craigslist with the picture of the victim accompanied by the caption "Slave for sale (Naperville)," followed by an offensive racial slur.
The Naperville Police Department launched an investigation on November 18, when they became aware of the incident. Their investigation ultimately led to the juvenile as the person who allegedly posted the ad.
"The allegations against the juvenile in this case are beyond disturbing," DuPage County State's Attorney Robert B. Berlin said. "Hate crimes have no place in our society and will not be tolerated in DuPage County. Anyone, regardless of age, accused of such disgraceful actions will be charged accordingly. I would like to thank the Naperville Police Department for their work on this case. I would also like to thank Assistant State's Attorney Lee Roupas for his efforts on this case."
Berlin continued, "This was a despicable and extremely offensive post that is not at all reflective of the caring, welcoming community that our department serves and protects every day," Marshall said. "Every single person deserves the right to feel safe and welcome in our community, and this department will continue to strive to make that a reality by thoroughly investigating any allegations of hate crimes and bringing those found responsible to justice. I would like to express my appreciation to our school resource officer and supervisor who conducted a timely, thorough, detailed investigation."
The student has been charged with two counts of Hate Crime (one Class 3 Felony and one Class 4 Felony) and one count of Disorderly Conduct (Class C Misdemeanor).
His next court appearance is scheduled for December 18, 2019.