Hate Crime Charges Added for Teens Accused of Hanging Noose at Maryland Middle School

Two 19-year-old men charged for hanging a noose outside a middle school building in Anne Arundel County will now face hate crime charges.

Conner Charles Prout, of Crofton, and John Adam Havermann, of Pasadena, Maryland, now face eight charges each, including two hate crime charges, the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Wes Adams announced Wednesday. Other charges include trespassing, disturbing operation and disorderly conduct.

On May 11, a teacher found the noose at Crofton Middle School at 2301 Davidsonville Road in Crofton, Maryland. The school's custodian immediately removed the noose.

Prout and Havermann were arrested and charged the next day. 

They were originally charged for trespassing school property, disturbing school operations, disorderly conduct and trespassing posted property, police said. 

Surveillance video showed the two suspects getting access to the school's roof and hanging the noose, police said.

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