Racist Hanover Threat Condemned

Hanover Student Charged

May 14, 2020 - 2:46 pm
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Richmond, VA _  UPDATE:  The Hanover Sheriff's Office says they have made an arrest of a juvenile in this case.  The student has been charged with use of profane, threatening, or indecent language over public airways or by other methods.  Deputies are asking anyone with further information to please call them.

ORIGINAL:  The Washington D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is condemning a racist threat in Virginia.

The Washington-based civil rights organization today also condemned a racist social media post that included a photo of two white teens, one of whom is holding a gun. The caption with the post read, “Let’s hunt some (n------)”.

Hanover County Public Schools reported the social media post, that included a photo of two white teens, onw of whom is holding a gun.  The caption refers to hunting and contains a racial slur.  The school system would not reveal whether the teens were county school students.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that the picture was posted to Snapchat, and quoted a county official as saying law officers know who they are.

The Hanover Sheriff's Office is investigating, but there was no word on whether they would face charges. 

“All Americans must push back against the rise of white supremacy and all other forms of bigotry we are witnessing nationwide,” said CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen. “The actions of racist and xenophobic groups across the country indicate that they see an opportunity to spread their hatred by exploiting the fear and suffering caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.”