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Vance-Granville Student Charged With Ethnic Intimidation

Posted April 25, 2008

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— A Vance-Granville Community College student has been arrested after black students on campus were threatened with a rope, authorities said.

Stephen Overton, 17, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of ethnic intimidation.

Franklin County Sheriff Pat Green said Overton put a rope around a friend’s neck in a community college parking lot and taunted two black students, telling them he would do the same thing to them and using racial slurs.

Overton was with a group of at least five white men at the time, Green said.

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  • SouthernBornSouthernBred Apr 25, 2008

    dont_preach responded to the following:

    Blacks have been intimidating white students at Cedar Creek Middle School for years and nothing is done."

    i understand what your saying but what does that have to do with the school in this story?

    What it has to do with this story is that most of the black kids in Franklin County are bullies. If you punish a white kid for playing with a rope and his friends in a parking lot, then you should punish the black kids that are bullies. The point is a black person can use the race card regardless if they are being true and a white person can't. Case in point: Bob and the Showgram were suspended for 3 days for cracking on the Indians. 97.5 are all the time cracking on white people. Should I sue them for hurting white people's feelings? You will never get our point of view because most black people feel that the world owes them.

  • issymayake Apr 25, 2008

    Quite honestly, if we made a return to the 80s and people just got their tails kicked for mouthing off (before all the guns became involved) then people would slowly but surely start to police themselves.

    In today's society though, the once perpetrator becomes a victim of violence, instead of viewing a causal relationship.

  • VT1994Hokie Apr 25, 2008

    Hello. I liked your comment about the Vance-Granville student. I will agree, he has learned this behavior from someone. Kids today have close to no respect. Have a great weekend.

  • skellywms Apr 25, 2008

    This has been a very brisk, and at times, challenging commentary on race and racism. I thank you all for your honest, informative, educational, and enlightening comments. I even thank those of you whose comments were a little less honest, a little less informative, a little less educational, and a little less enlightening. I bid you all a good afternoon and a good weekend as well. Selah! Meditate on this!

  • Elusive Apr 25, 2008

    "Yes, before then, there was no violence and everyone lived in peace. I know you are only 15, but if your guardian lets you, try google.com and do some research. I wonder, how did they build those pyramids."

    15? Gaurdian? Google?...LOL! Sounds like my MOTHER is just too intelligent for you. With that being said, you might as well get off of this BLOG.

  • imback Apr 25, 2008

    "RUDE AND CLUELESS--->"

    lol! I think I like you.

  • Why Is My Slim Physique Envied Apr 25, 2008

    RUDE AND CLUELESS--->

  • Why Is My Slim Physique Envied Apr 25, 2008

    SAVEENERGY: YEAH YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO THINK WHAT YOU WANT BUT WHEN YOU VIOLATE SOMEONE ELSE RIGHTS, THATS WHERE THE PROBLEM DEVELOPS!

  • imback Apr 25, 2008

    "WHEN BLACK PEOPLE COMPLAIN THEY ARE "ANGRY" AND WHEN A WHITE PERSON COMPLAINS THEY ARE "CRITICAL"..."

    And when anyone uses all caps they are rude or just clueless.

  • SaveEnergyMan Apr 25, 2008

    The term hate crime is really repetitive. No one commits a crime against someone they like. I completely agree that if you threaten someone with a noose, then you should be punished - whether you're white and victim is black, vice-versa, or if you are of the same race. I know the noose has been symbol of persecution against blacks, but it was also used against whites that did not conform as well. It is simply a symbol of power.

    We must remember that it is the crime we punish, not the person's beliefs. People have the right to believe what they want, even if it is backwards and offensive to the rest of us. Only when they put that belief into practice by violating someone else's right is it a crime. When we punish someone for their beliefs we go back to an autocratic society that doesn't allow people to think. That is the problem with hate crime, it is a crime even without the hate.

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