Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Gay teen survives attempt on her life; mother says it was a hate crime

"Kentucky State Police have arrested three high school students for kidnapping another teen and trying to push her off a cliff." reports

Kentucky State Police have arrested three Jackson County High School students for trying to kill another teenager.

State Police say the three kidnapped 18-year-old Cheyenne Williams Friday, took her to Flat Lick Falls, and tried to push her over a cliff.

Police say Williams managed to escape and call police.

The Jackson County High School's attorney also tells 27 NEWSFIRST that Williams was beaten by the three girls.

The school attorney says they were alerted to the incident by the victim's mother.

"A mother came in and said her daughter had been kidnapped and beaten" said Tim Crawford.

Tuesday authorities arrested 18-year-old Corinne Schwab and 18-year-old Ashley Sams on charges of kidnapping and attempted murder.

Police also arrested a third teenager; a 17-year-old girl whose name has not been released because of her age. READ MORE
News Times reports:

Cheyenne Williams' family filed a criminal complaint with Jackson County Attorney George Hays over the incident Friday, and the girl's mother says her daughter was attacked because she is gay.

Kentucky State Police, however, determined the incident was not a hate crime.

"It began as a prank of some sort," Hawkins said. "It definitely is not a hate crime."

Williams' mother, Dee Johnson, said her daughter was attacked because she is openly gay and that the attack was linked to a gay awareness event earlier in the day.

"It was a hate crime," Johnson said in a brief interview with The Associated Press at her home on Wednesday. READ MORE

H/T: Advocate