Attack On Teen Being Called A Hate Crime

By: Rosie Barresi Email
By: Rosie Barresi Email

Pueblo police are calling an attack on a teenage boy a hate crime.
15 Year old Anthony Hergesheimer was smashed in the face with a metal object last week while he walked home from school.

Anthony says he is openly gay. He says that's the reason he was attacked.

Anthony suffered from a broken nose and a fractured cheek bone.

All six teenage boys accused of assaulting Hergesheimer are facing several felony charges and a one year expulsion from school.

Hergesheimer and the six teens all attend Centennial High School.

Another teenage boy who lives in Denver is facing similar charges for sending threatening e-mails to Anthony.

Pueblo City School officials say they will not tolerate such behavior and will punish the alleged attackers to the fullest.

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  • by franki Location: florida on Nov 26, 2007 at 07:55 AM
  • by Steve Location: Jacksonville on Apr 18, 2007 at 07:22 AM
    This may not have been a hate crime, get the facts straight before jumping to conclusions. This was not on school property and as stated before the school district should not be expelling theses kids!
  • by Margret Location: Pueblo on Apr 16, 2007 at 04:38 PM
    Its really NICE that all of you are posting in defense of the 6 boys who commited this horible offense. I understand why it was labled a HATE CRIME, and I think all of you do as well. Hate crime or not you should be pulling for this young victim and NOT his violators!
  • by ME Location: Pueblo on Apr 14, 2007 at 12:24 PM
    I wouldnt call this a hate crime, who said these boys knew the kid was gay? Plus these boys shouldn't be expelled from school if it was off of school property and after school was out. It so wrong to consider it a hate crime when they dont know both sides of the story.
  • by Mike Location: Pueblo on Apr 13, 2007 at 05:01 PM
    These students should not be expelled this is not a school matter, it did not happen on school grounds or durring school hours. This is a judicial issue for the courts to handle.
  • by Sarah Location: Pueblo on Apr 13, 2007 at 04:56 PM
    It is wrong what has happened to Anthony, but jumping to the conclution of it being a hate crime and publicising it as such is wrong also.
  • by john Location: pueblo on Apr 13, 2007 at 08:37 AM
    Who labeled this a hate crime, just cause the kids gay! Probably all you media people! What ever makes better news, right!
  • by John Location: Oregon on Apr 12, 2007 at 08:14 AM
    Three words, Anthony: Concealed-carry permit. Enough is enough - time to stop being victims. ARM ALL GAYS!
  • by Jackie Location: Sand Creek High School on Apr 11, 2007 at 08:52 PM
    I am the sponsor of our school's Diversity Club. I would like to have our students send a letter/card of suppport to Anthony (Hate Crime story). Is there any way to get a message to him from my students?
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