ROSEVILLE (AP) - A group of Roseville area high school students is suspected of a hate crime after they allegedly spread cotton balls on the front lawn of an African-American classmate's home.
The Sacramento Bee reported Friday that 13 students at Oakmont High School have been referred to juvenile court for last month's incident. The newspaper says cotton balls used this way evoke images of slavery, upsetting the student's family.
Roseville police spokesperson Dee Dee Gunther said the students each face a misdemeanor charge.
Brad Basham of the Roseville Joint Union High School District said the school is planning community meetings to discuss racial issues.
Oakmont junior Nicole Herrera, who wasn't among the 13 students, said it was a joke and not meant to be racist.