I would say it when its the other way around too: this “hate-crime” garbage is a bunch of BS. What does it matter what these scumbags were saying when they were beating the hell out of him? Honestly, how low have we sunk as a society when the appalling part of this crime is not that they beat the crap out of the kid, but that they said a couple mean things?
Lock them up and throw away the key. Better yet, treat every crime like a hate crime and maybe we can keep these types of scumbags off the street a little longer.