NEW YORK – A New York high school student has been accused of using racially insensitive language on Facebook after posting an anti-Black sentiment and threatening to harm the Duke University football team.
A student at New York’s St. Andrew’s School of the Arts has been arrested on federal hate crime charges for allegedly posting racist messages on his personal Facebook page.
The school said in a statement that the charges against Joshua G. Deering stem from a series of messages he allegedly sent to students, some of whom are black, and that Deering is not an employee of the school.
Deering allegedly used racist language and threats in posts he allegedly made about Blacks, women, Hispanics, Jews, Native Americans and “others.”
According to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in New York, Deering allegedly posted posts from the account of a white woman.
In one message, Deered wrote: “We need Black people like myself to stand up to the racists.
It will make them feel less threatened and more safe.
I need to go to school tomorrow and teach them to be a decent person.”
In another post, Deer allegedly said: “I’m going to kill every Black woman in the world and then I’m going on a killing spree.
I don’t care what they do to me, just kill me.
I’ll make sure that the only Black man I ever kill is my white wife.”
Deering’s account was hacked in May, and the messages that were posted to it are believed to have been removed.
Deer has denied the accusations.
Deers’ mother, Tia Deering, told ABC News that she was “devastated” by the charges.
“He is an incredible kid.
He has a very good heart,” she said.
“He was a great person, he has no history of being racist.”
Deers was not charged in connection with the March 23 attack on Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, in which a student stabbed to death a professor and a fellow student before he was fatally shot by police.
The victim, an African-American, was identified by the University of North Carolina as James Alex Fields Jr., a student who had recently been expelled from the university after a video of him punching a white student at a protest over his proposed plan to rename a campus in Durham went viral.
The campus, known as Dixie State, was named after the Confederate Battle Flag.
The incident was the latest in a string of racially motivated assaults on college campuses across the country.
The college was placed on lockdown on March 21 after a student at the school reported hearing “a lot of commotion” outside the building, police said.
The school has since reopened.
Deer was arrested on Monday on charges of felony hate crime, criminal mischief, making terroristic threats and making false statements to law enforcement.
He is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, the school said.