HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) -- A minor accused of threatening to hang a classmate at Brevard High School with a noose was found guilty of ethnic intimidation and simple assault in Transylvania County District Court. He was not found guilty of the third charge -- communicating threats.
District Attorney Greg Newman said the teen will appeal the decision in Superior Court in what will most likely be a jury trial in the early part of next year.
Court documents said the teen, who is not being named because he is not 18, hit Quenton Sample-French with a nylon strap and used racial slurs.
“It’s no secret that racism still exists. It’s sad that it still exists. Hopefully, this will create some kind of positive change,” Rose Sample said, referring to what her son Quenton was going through.
Newman also said he hoped this case will send a message.
“As a community, we just aren’t going to turn a blind eye to what happened here,” Newman said.
Sample-French and his mother said they are aware of the defendant’s decision to appeal.
“I wish this could all be over so we could do what we need to do in terms of healing, but, if they want to take it to the next level, we will stand our ground,” Sample said.