Screenshot of the Snapchat showing a white student holding a noose around his neck
Washington Post

Two Modesto, Calif., teens were arrested Monday after allegedly threatening a black classmate via a video sent through the social media app Snapchat, police confirmed, the Washington Post reports

According to the report, the 12-second video shows a white teen holding a noose around his neck and threatening the black student by name. 

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"You must die," the white teen says in the video before the Snapchat cuts to video of a gun being fired. 

The students were classmates at Central Catholic High in Modesto, police said. 

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According to the Post, police got involved last week after the victim's mother alerted them. The investigation led to two 16-year-olds, who were arrested for their part in allegedly producing or distributing the video. Both teens were charged with making terroristic threats, criminal conspiracy and committing a hate crime. 

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An attorney representing the victim said that the video left a significant mark on the student. 

“He understands the historic significance of the noose and the terror it has caused people throughout history,” attorney Jacq Wilson said.

“I know that a noose around someone’s neck is nothing to joke about,” the victim said via a statement. “I heard my name in the video. The death threat made me afraid because I was singled out. I felt threatened and angry.”

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