NRI Pulse Staff Report
Atlanta, GA, October 21, 2019: Police have arrested two Indian-American teenage boys following an alleged bias incident at a football game.
“It is alleged that racially derogatory names were being used and that someone urinated on one of the victims while using this language,” Lawrence police said in a statement. “As a police department, we take these incidents very seriously and we will continue to investigate until all of the facts are uncovered. This type of behavior will not be condoned in our community.”
The incident first came to light on social media when a parent reported that someone urinated on her daughter and used the n-word during the football game.
“One student allegedly pulled his penis out and urinated on an eighth-grade girl who is black, according to a parent and statements made to the police,” reports Planet Princeton.
“Some students allegedly targeted younger black students …calling [them] the n-word, taunting them, and screaming that they hate black people,” the report added.
Later, Lawrence Mayor Christopher Bobbitt, through a social media post, said he was made aware of a possible racial bias crime that occurred at the Lawrence High School Homecoming game.
“I was and am deeply disturbed by the account of the incident on Facebook. I immediately informed the Chief of Police, the Township Manager, and the School Board liaison to Township Council.”
“As I have said publicly before, hate has no home in Lawrence Township. As someone that has felt its sting, I know that bigotry exists and sadly will continue to exist but that doesn’t mean that I give up. Instead I look to find allies that will help me fight the cancer of bigotry,” he added.
Mayor Bobbitt said when an antisemitic incident occurred in Lawrence, he joined with allies in Trenton to speak out publicly against bigotry “against our Jewish brothers and sisters”.
“Now it is time to find out what happened last night and to deal with it appropriately.”
The Lawrence Township Police Department later, through a statement, said the two teens had been arrested. They were charged with harassment, bias intimidation and lewdness.