A Pennsylvania teenager was arrested this week on charges related to an August 4, 2014 incident in which he harassed African-American students on Bloomsburg University’s campus while wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood, BloomUtoday.com reports.
Authorities said that Walter Corey Reibsome was wearing the costume in a truck driven by his friend, Frank Rubio, and that Reibsome leaned out of the truck’s window and yelled racial slurs while Rubio blared his horn. “Get out of our town,” the victim told police Reibsome yelled.
The pair were caught because the victim was able to identify Rubio’s uniquely modified truck. Photographs of the truck — and of the duo wearing the white hoods traditionally associated with the Ku Klux Klan — were posted on Rubio’s Facebook page.
Police charged Reibsome with ethnic intimidation, harassment, and disorderly conduct. A preliminary hearing in his case has been scheduled for October 15, 2014.
There has been a resurgence in Klan activity since the reelection of President Barack Obama. In January, the Grand Dragon of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan said that the Klan had an “invisible empire” consisting of “police officers, paramedics, judges” ready to rise up.
The fact that many local Klan outfits have resorted to throwing baggies containing flyers on subdivision lawns, however, would seem to belie that claim.