Jury selection begins in appeal of Brevard High grad's conviction of ethnic intimidation

    A minor accused of threatening to hang a Brevard High School classmate with a noose was found guilty of ethnic intimidation and simple assault in Transylvania County District Court. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

    Jury selection in the appeal of a Brevard High graduate’s conviction of the ethnic intimidation of a black student is slated for 1:30 p.m. Monday.

    According to court papers, the convicted teen stated to to the accuser, “N- - - - r, I am going to hang you.” The accuser also said the defendant threatened him with a noose.

    “I’m hoping that all the evidence that was initially brought into open court, that it’s the same evidence that will be brought back into court to secure a second conviction in this appeal," said Rosemary McNeil, the accuser's mother.

    McNeil said she’s concerned the conviction could be overturned, and tells News 13 she saw no black prospective jurors in the pool gathered for selection Monday afternoon.

    She also said she’s coming to the trial because because she feels she must stand up for her son, who is choosing not to return to Brevard High School, and plans to complete his education online.

    In November of last year, McNeil addressed the Transylvania County School Board, demanding change.

    "I'm sorry, my son still goes to Brevard High School, but you're held accountable for the safety and well-being of my precious cargo in those walls, and those accommodations have not been made," McNeil told them.

    In November 2017, four Brevard High students were charged with ethnic intimidation or aiding and abetting ethnic intimidation.

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