I should also mention that I don't believe the kid in the OP committed a hate crime, or any crime for that matter. He committed a stupid, childish prank. If he damaged the statue then he was guilty of malicious destruction of property, a crime. If he didn't then no harm done.
BTW - on the very same page you said this to another poster:
You have twice in this thread referred to me as an 'it' (posts 330 and 341), which is insulting someone. You have also, at least twice in this thread, used the 'psycho' smiley in reply to a post (not mine), thereby calling the poster a psycho. (posts 346 and 351)
Also in post 330, you said to a poster:
so, if calling someone a liberal is an insult, then saying their post is a 'leftist rant' is an insult, too.This act was against the law, but don't let reality get in the way of a leftist rant.
Methinks you have no room to talk.