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White Catholic high schooler who whipped Black student and threw cotton balls at him is charged with a hate crime

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A 15-year-old high school freshman in Louisiana has been charged with battery and a hate crime after he was caught on video throwing cotton balls at a Black student and whipping him with his belt, ABC News reports.

The incident took place inside the cafeteria at Vandebilt Catholic High School in Houma. The video shows the White student walking up behind a Black student who was seated. The White student then throws a handful of cotton balls at him and whips him repeatedly with his belt. The Black student then stands up and pushes the White student.

According to reports, the victim is among only a small group of Black students at the sch0ol.

“I’m very pleased that the school took a front stand on this,” Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Tim Soignet said in a news release.

“When we received the complaint, we immediately put our detectives on it. They worked through the weekend so we could get to this point,” Soignet said. “My officers did a good job handling it and working with the school to get this case to where it is now.”

In a statement from the archdiocese, the victim’s parents said they “will continue to pray for our school community as a whole, that we not only get through this together but that we each learn a valuable lesson from what has taken place.”

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