Truckee Students Accused Of Hate Crime

TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) - Two Truckee High School students have been arrested on suspicion of committing a hate crime by harassing a disabled student on a school bus.

Police Sgt. Jason Litche says the two boys were aware the student was handicapped, qualifying them for arrest on the hate crime charge. No physical injury to the student was reported.

Truckee High Vice Principal Grant Steuenberg says the school is aware of the case, but that he could not comment because it's a confidential matter.

Litche says the boys were released to their parents the same day
of their arrests.

The incident occurred on Oct. 23, but details weren't announced until this week.
Information from: Sierra Sun

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