Matthew Herrmann was sentenced to researching and explaining the history of lynching in America. Herrmann plead guilty to battery charges after he and two friends placed a noose around the neck of an African American teenager.
In an unusual court ruling, Judge James Linn of Cook County, tacked homework onto a probation sentence.
Matthew Hermann, one of three teenagers accused of putting a noose around the neck of a 17-year-old African American student and shouting racial slurs at him, pleaded guilty in October to a misdemeanor battery charge. On Wednesday Hermann was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to write an essay on the history of lynching in America.
"They didn't give me a word count," Hermann told reporters from the Chicago Tribune. "I guess I'll just do a three-page, average paper that I would do for school." Hermann is philosophy major at Moraine Valley Community College.