DA investigating Saucon Valley student’s racist video – The Morning Call – ook at that N-word eating chicken,'” Morganelli, who viewed the video Wednesday, recalled in describing it. “I was outraged by it. It was repulsive. It was very insulting.”
That outrage has Morganelli investigating whether to charge the white student who produced it with ethnic intimidation, saying the video may have stepped over the line of free speech and into harassment that is prohibited by law.
Morganelli said he has asked a county detective to determine whether a crime was committed. If so, Morganelli said, that student will face charges in juvenile court.
The ethnic intimidation statute seeks to punish people who commit crimes against others because of animus toward their race, religion or national origin. Under the law, an offender has to commit a separate offense — in this case, harassment — and to have done so for bigoted reasons.