The tiny town of Berthoud, Colorado, about 30 miles north of Denver, was thrust into national attention after a 15-year-old black German foreign exchange student was attacked as she was walking home from her school. The attack is being called a hate crime.
From CBS News:
Police say the teen said the men told her they were looking for a minority, reports CBS Denver.
“They made some racially intimidating and frightening comments to the young lady,” Chief Glen Johnson with Berthoud police told the station. “One of the young men did cause some minor injuries to this young lady.”
The injuries were reportedly knife cuts to her forehead. According to CBS Denver, although shaken by the incident, the teen was at school on Monday.
Currently, police have no one in custody, but they do have a description of the attackers. Colorado does have hate crimes statutes on the books, making this a more serious crime than a simple assault.
The website of Berthoud High School, the victim’s school, features a “No Place for Hate” banner and is participating in a “No Place for Hate” week.