On Nov. 4, the jokester, 16-year-old Richard Thomas, lit the skirt of the agender person, 18-year-old Sasha Fleischman, on fire as they rode an AC Transit bus. Fleischman has been in a hospital ever since, undergoing skin grafts for second- and third-degree burns to the legs, and Thomas is in custody, having been charged as an adult with what prosecutors call a hate-motivated assault.
“Jokester”? I think not, we’re talking 1st degree assault. It may not have been a hate crime but this kid needs to do time for it.
It was a hate crime, based on race. And the poor guy was homeless… SMDH