Saline High School student charged with ethnic intimidation
A Saline High School student is accused of ethnic intimidation after he allegedly called another student a terrorist and then punched him in the face, police said.
Daryl Larkin, 17, was the passenger in a vehicle driven by another 17-year-old Saline High School student on Campus Parkway near Saline High School at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday, said Pittsfield Township Deputy Chief of Police Gordy Schick.
Schick said Larkin allegedly called the pedestrian a terrorist, which the pedestrian took exception to and yelled back at Larkin and the other student.
The driver turned the car back around and went back to the pedestrian and more words were exchanged, Schick said.
“The victim told the other two students he didn’t appreciate being called a terrorist and he felt they were challenging his ethnic background,” Schick said.
“That’s when the passenger got out and punched him in the face.”
Larkin was arraigned on one count of ethnic intimidation and was given a $10,000 personal recognizance bond, according to Washtenaw County Jail records. The bond means Larkin did not have to pay any money to be released from jail, but if he does not show up for any court hearings then he must pay the full $10,000, according to jail records.
If convicted, Larkin faces a maximum of two years in prison and a fine of $5,000.
Schick said police were alerted to the incident on Friday after a third party provided police with video of the incident that the driver of the car shot and then posted on Facebook.
Police conducted interviews at Saline High School on Monday and Larkin was charged on Tuesday, he said.
The victim suffered minor injuries, Schick said. The victim’s ethnic background isn't known by police, Schick said.
Steve Laatsch, Saline Area Schools' assistant superintendent for instructional services, said school administrators have taken action toward Larkin, but he could not release details.
Laatsch said school administrators would let the pending charges play out before any further action is taken.
"The administration did take appropriate action in regards to the incident on Thursday," Laatsch said. "We feel confident they handled it very well."