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Mother speaks out after racist graffiti case dropped

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A hate crime that was dismissed in court earlier this week has people living in the twin cities speaking out against racism.
Now, a community outpouring its support has helped the healing process for one family.

"It was probably the worst thing I have ever experienced in my life," says Chris Wilson- who's son was the victim of a hate crime.
Back in October, Gering High School senior Alysha Schwartzkopf had written a racial epithet on the window of the car belonging to Isaiah Wilson.

This week, a judge dismissed the charge; because as it was filed, graffiti does not apply to personal vehicles.
"My son is a much better person than I am," explains Chris Wilson. "Because he doesn't care, it's over with, it's done with. It doesn't matter to him if she apologized. He doesn't hate her, he doesn't hate anybody involved. As his mother and witnessing everything he had to go through and not even an apology- it's hard to swallow."
After the case was dismissed, Wilson thought that was the end of it. But ever since the ruling came down, the community support has been overwhelming.

"The whole thing was wrong- and that is where our support from the community has come from."

Scotts Bluff County Attorney Doug Warner intends to appeal the dismissal of the case.


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