BG youths charged for racial graffiti PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 13 December 2012 10:40
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Four Bowling Green juveniles cases are scheduled to be heard in mid-January for actions in October, including two charged with a racial charge for graffiti placed on the driveway of Bowling Green State University head basketball coach Louis Orr.
According to Tim Atkins, an assistant prosecutor for Wood County in the juvenile division, two of the four boys were responsible for a swastika and the words "white power" written in chalk on the driveway of the African American coach's driveway.
They are both facing charges of criminal mischief and ethnic intimidation.
The other two individuals were believed to be present when that was done, but did not write on the driveway. Those two are facing only criminal mischief charges.
All four are students at Bowling Green High School, and range in age from 15-17.
Atkins said other property in the area had chalk markings as well in addition to having pumpkins smashed in a typical youth prank spree prior to Halloween.
"They were all in the same general location, but the incidents were separate and distinct, so two of the boys were not charged with the racial charge," Atkins said. "Had it not been their use of a swastika and 'white power,' people would have likely just took a hose and washed it all off and there would be no charges."
The assistant prosecutor added, "It was a very poor choice of imagery and words. This is not something you expect in Bowling Green."
He said all of the cases will be heard in juvenile court with the next proceedings scheduled for mid-January for all. Some of the defendants have been arraigned.
Atkins said that it does not appear the defendants were targeting the coach.
"They knew an African American lived there, but did not know that it was the coach's home," he said noting their familiarity with Orr's nephew, a sophomore who also lives at the Orr residence. "It wasn't done maliciously."
Atkins also referenced another incident near the time of the graffiti involving a busted watermelon and other verbiage at a different location.
"There is no indication they are connected," he said.
He indicated all of the defendants realized it was a "very poor choice of words" and he does not expect any further instances from these students.
 

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