They evidently were handing out anti-Gay fliers near their high school. Apparently, expressing negative opinions about homosexuality is a felony in Illinois.
Windy City Times, 5/23:
Two female 16-year-old Crystal Lake South High School students face hate-crime charges after allegedly plastering their high schoolâ€™s halls and distributing anti-gay fliers directed towards a fellow student in the schoolâ€™s parking lot.
The actions against their former male friend landed the two girls in juvenile court on May 15, after being arrested by Crystal Lake police on May 11. Both, unnamed due to their ages, also face charges of obstruction of justice and disorderly conduct, and one teen faces an additional charge of resisting a police officer.
McHenry County Stateâ€™s Attorney Lou Bianchi told Windy City Times that despite arguments being made by many locals about the right to free speech, what the two girls did is clearly a hate crime.
â€œThey had the intent to alarm and disturb another, and they were successful in that,â€ Bianchi said. â€œIn alarming and disturbing, they also committed a hate crime. Their words … were directed against a specific individual of a certain sexual orientation.â€
Bianchi would not comment on the exact wording of the flier because it is evidence. However, other sources quote those who have viewed the flier as containing a picture of the male student kissing another male, with the wording â€œGod hates fags.â€
A status hearing for both girls will take place on May 22.
Following the May 22 hearing, one girl is being held without bond.
A 16-year-old Crystal Lake girl facing a felony hate crime charge alleging she and a friend distributed anti-homosexual fliers at her high school must remain locked up until her case goes to trial, a McHenry County judge ruled Tuesday.
Citing concerns over the girlâ€™s home environment and her already lengthy juvenile record, Judge Michael Chmiel denied the girlâ€™s request for home detention. Instead Chmiel ordered her held in the Kane County Juvenile Justice Center while the case is pending.
The girlâ€™s record, Chmiel said, features 13 contacts with police, including an arrest for marijuana possession in August. McHenry County court records show that within the past year the girl also has been charged for driving without a license, consumption of alcohol by a minor, possession of tobacco by a minor, trespassing and three curfew violations.
The incident occurred at Crystal Lake High School in Woodstock, Illinois.
The democrat-controlled Congress is currently moving to making “hate crimes” a federal offense.