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Thirteen Oakmont High School teens face hate crime charges after Roseville Police said the group targeted a fellow student as part of a prank.

Police told FOX40 the group of both boys and girls went to the home of an African American student and covered the front lawn with cotton balls.

Officers with the Roseville Police Department are not releasing the exact location of the house in order to protect the victim’s identity.

A department spokesperson said the incident happened off school grounds over the Thanksgiving break and an investigation determined the prank was racially motivated.

Roseville police said they don’t know if there’s a connection, but the cotton ball prank did happen the night before the grand jury decision on the Michael Brown case.

According to police, the suspects have been charged with terrorizing the owner and occupants of the property with hate symbols, which is a misdemeanor. The case has now been referred to the Placer County Juvenile system, Roseville Police said.

Shawnette Olalde, whose daughter is a Freshman at Oakmont High School, told FOX40 she hopes the teens accused of the hate crime get an appropriate punishment.

“Definitely community service, certainly an apology. But… you will have consequences for your actions. Especially these students. They’re going to be out in the community working as adults,” Olalde said.

Brad Basham, Executive Director of Personnel Services for the Roseville Joint Union High School District, released the following statement:

The Roseville Joint Union High School District was recently made aware that several Oakmont High School students participated in an incident at the home of another Oakmont student that was both culturally and racially insensitive. This incident occurred off-campus during the Thanksgiving break and is being investigated as a hate based crime by the local police department.

The Oakmont High School administration conducted its own investigation due to the potential impact on its school community. Through their investigation, which is ongoing, school authorities have identified instances of students using racial, cultural, gender, and other language related to intellectual superiority both on campus and on social media that is inappropriate and derogatory in nature. Neither Oakmont High School, nor the Roseville Joint Union High School District, condones this behavior. It is a contradiction to the District’s core values and expectations that students and staff will treat each other with tolerance and respect.

The Oakmont High School administration is taking measures, including working with student leadership groups, teachers, and parents, to ensure their campus is safe and welcoming for all students. The school and District are also setting up forums where Oakmont students, staff, faculty and parents can inform school officials about any hate-based experiences.