High school student arrested on suspicion of carving racial slur into vehicle

Monday, February 6, 2012 | 6:50 p.m. CST; updated 7:04 p.m. CST, Monday, February 6, 2012

COLUMBIA — A Hickman High School sophomore was arrested early Monday morning in connection with the carving of a racial slur into another student's vehicle parked at the school.

At 8:30 a.m. Friday, someone used a house key to carve the "N word" into a vehicle belonging to a black student, said Latisha Stroer, a spokeswoman for the Columbia Police Department.

Weslie Kendrick McWilliams, 17, was arrested in connection with the incident and taken to Boone County Jail.  

McWilliams was arrested on suspicion of a hate crime and of property damage in the second degree. His bond was set at $5,000: $4,500 for the hate crime and $500 for property damage.

Stroer said McWilliams admitted to his involvement in the incident. He had not been released as of Monday afternoon.

Disciplinary action will be determined after the police investigation ends, said Michelle Baumstark, spokeswoman for Columbia Public Schools.

She added that Hickman principal Tracey Conrad spoke to students and staff members Monday morning to address any rumors about the incident, and that letters were sent home to parents later in the day.

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