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36. Trick or Treat
Two girls were trick-or-treating on Halloween night when
large group of teens attacked them, leaving both
school seniors unconscious. One needed surgery to repair
The victims were white, and their
were black. Seven attackers were girls, and one
an 18-year-old boy. The boy said that he
not attack the girls; he tried to protect
"So why were you swinging a skateboard?" asked
witness. The boy said that he was swinging
skateboard at the attackers, not the victims.
added "hate crime" to the charge of assault
racial slurs were made before the victims were
The trial in Long Beach lasted almost four
. All the attackers were found guilty, but not
spent even a day in jail. The judge
them to "house arrest" for a month. House
meant that they had to sleep in their
beds at home. The boy had to do
hours of community service.
Law-abiding white and black
were outraged at the light sentences. The two
required hospital care, yet the thugs received a
slap on the wrist. Concerned parents immediately created
website for recalling the judge.