The scariest moment of the press conference last night in which the boys from the Phillipsburg High wrestling team caught up in the 'racist' photo scandal came when their lawyer, Scott M. Wilhem, said there was a possibility they could now face criminal charges. My immediate reaction was, you've got to be kidding me. What kind of country are we now living in?

The K.K.K. themselves hold rallies here legally. Yet these boys, who, through their lawyer said, "We did not intend to disparage anyone. In outfitting the wrestling dummy, we did not give any thought to the physical appearance of the dummy as anything other than a unidentified generic wrestler." So what's in the oversensitive mind of the beholder is now the crime? Not the boys intent. But the inference some drew? And who exactly was the victim here? Anyone who saw the photo? An entire race? Only those of an entire race who took it in a way not intended by the boys? Or could the real answer be...nobody.

There is no victim. Yet the very possibility that these kids, who swear they intended only to rally in team spirit against their wrestling rivals and in no way meant any attack on race, could face criminal charges is pathetic.