NJ Teen Charged For Second Walmart Intercom Incident

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) -- A teenager who allegedly made an announcement earlier this month ordering all black people to leave a southern New Jersey Walmart has been charged in a similar incident at the same store just after Christmas.

The 16-year-old Atlantic County boy, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, was charged last week with harassment and bias intimidation in the March 14 incident.

Washington Township police said Thursday that the teen did the same thing Dec. 28 at the Gloucester County store. Police were not initially notified of that incident, but store officials turned over surveillance video this week.

Walmart has apologized and made changes to the store's intercom system to prevent future incidents.

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  • by Rumplestiltskin Location: the garbage state on Mar 31, 2010 at 10:40 PM
    This kid is absolutly no way no how guilty of any crime. The Wash. Twp. Keystone/Reno911 cops should be charged with misconduct and sued by this kid, I know I would. Now lets look at the FACTS instead of bloviating. #1 NJSA 2C:33-4, harassment. The stupid prosecuter HAS TO PROVE, beyond a reasonable shadow of doubt mind you, that he intended to harass when he entered that building. Now do you think he did that or was he just trying to be funny? #2 There is no victim. The people that got upset simply did not like his joke and cried wolf. #3 Under note 13, communications, in the case of NJ v. Bazin it says "Person is permitted to communicate ill will, hatred, or bias to others..." To the people who said that this kid should go to prison ought to be horsewhipped and the politically correct Reno911 chief should be fired. Why you ask? No crime was committed. NJSA 2C:16-1, bias intimidation. Look up the word intimidation in a dictionary and tell me he committed that crime. Go on I dare you!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 27, 2010 at 01:42 AM
    Harassment and bias can only be allowed by those who take offense to it. Those who take offense to it are weak minded and insecure. That's my opinion, but who really cares ?
  • by Prison Would Do Him Good Location: Bath on Mar 26, 2010 at 11:21 PM
    Prison is just what this young moron, I mean "man", needs. Really. It wouldn't have to be for very long. Those lonesome guys in jail don't descriminate. The black inmates and the white inmates all sound the same as they're sneaking up from behind. Yep, prison is EXACTLY what this young hate monger needs.
  • by Leslie Location: Pitt County on Mar 26, 2010 at 12:19 PM
    The following indicates exactly what this kid is charged with: WASHINGTON TWP., NJ - A 16-year-old Atlantic County boy arrested after the racially tinged announcement at the Turnersville Wal-Mart this month did the same thing Dec. 28, police reported yesterday. The youth, whose name has not been released because he is a juvenile, is now charged with two counts each of harassment and bias intimidation, Washington Township police said. This is not freedom of speech, and he certainly needs to do some time in jail. Harassment and bias intimidation can most certainly lead to violence.
  • by Leslie Location: Pitt County on Mar 26, 2010 at 12:16 PM
    To Hmph, Freedom of speech is not the issue when a kid targets a specific ethnic group and tells them to leave the store.
  • by WITN Moderator Location: WITN on Mar 26, 2010 at 11:19 AM
    KB- You're calling someone an "idiot" and inferring that they are a racist. We're following our rules by rejecting a post that calls out another poster. No liberal agenda there.
  • by Hmph Location: Greenville on Mar 26, 2010 at 11:12 AM
    FrEeDoM oF sPeEcH...what happened to it?
  • by getalife Location: hyde on Mar 26, 2010 at 10:33 AM
    if it would of been a black kid saying all white people leave walmart no one would of ever heard anything about it ... same with the lacrosse players..the worlds gone insane.....its a crime to say black anymore..
  • by kb Location: jax on Mar 26, 2010 at 09:48 AM
    Interesting how my comment about Della's "He is acting out his ugliness by watching the republicans act mean against the President" political and racist rant is censored and left out but her ignorant comment is allowed. Nice job WITN moderator. Have a liberal agenda much?
  • by speakmymind Location: Greenville nc on Mar 26, 2010 at 07:43 AM
    Maybe his punishment should be to become a greeter for the same Wal-Mart store for about 6 months. Prison is a bit harsh for this "crime"
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