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Intended Target of Racist YouTube Video Speaks Out

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Rochester: Intended Target of Racist YouTube Video Speaks Out
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A 16-year-old who police say was the intended target of a racist, bullying video says he's looking for an apology from those involved.

"We have a problem as a community, and we are responsible to do something about this," said Michelle Hare.

Michelle and her son, Alex, were discussing a video that resulted in the arrest of the Greece teen who posted it online.

Nicholas Robare of Greece was charged with harassment for posting the video on Hare's Facebook page. The video shows Robare and two other teens, Shawn Petrelli and Amanda Farabella, and contains racial slurs and threats against Hare. The participants are burning a hoodie, which Alex says once belonged to a friend of his who was killed.

"I was completely appalled by the video. I didn't have words to explain how I was feeling about it. I just thought it wasn't at all right in any mindset," Alex said.

The Hare's were joined by community activists, incensed by what they describe as racist actions depicted in the video.

The Hare's say they're not trying to benefit in any way by discussing the video publicly. Alex's mom says if anything, she wants an apology from all of those involved.

"Are we sorry it was blown out of proportion? Yes. Am I as a father ashamed of the words my son used? Yes," said Dan Petrelli.

Dan Petrelli is the father of Shawn, one of the teens involved. He notes that the teens did apologize publicly, in media interviews granted Monday.

He says the video was the misguided result of anger on the part of Amanda, her brother and her friend over a falling out between she and Alex Hare, after which Hare had requested nude pictures of the girl.

"That's really the situation. Is it racism? No. She dated him. That's not a racist. She was his best friend for four years, that's not a racist," Petrelli said.

"I was not in the right at all, but still it doesn't account for the fact of them making the video," said Alex.

"And this is about race. And this is about the town of Greece not wanting this to come out," said Davy Vara, who sat alongside Michelle and Alex Hare.

Community activists plan a march against racism and bullying to start at Barnard Park in Greece on Thursday.

Petrelli says he'd like to see the teens get together and resolve their issues.

Michelle Hare says she wants an apology from not only the teens who made the video, but also their families.

"What we're looking for is a solution. Point blank. That's it. We're looking for solutions," she said.

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