A 13-year-old Caucasian girl was brutally attacked by a mob of black and Hispanic teen-agers in what appears to be a racially motivated "hate crime" committed in honor of "Beat Up a White Kid Day," reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Authorities say 12 girls and six boys, aged 9 through 15, beat, kicked and choked the girl near Wilbur Wright Middle School in Cleveland, Ohio, in observance of a May Day ritual among the teens.
The Plain Dealer reports police were tipped off that a racial incident might happen and arrived on the scene as the crime was taking place.
Delinquency charges of felonious assault, ethnic intimidation and aggravated riot were filed against the 18 in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court late last week.
If convicted, the teens face a minimum of one year in a juvenile facility.
Carmen Naso, supervisor of the juvenile justice unit of the county prosecutor's office, told the paper that evidence indicates the victim was attacked because of her race.
According to Naso, the victim remains under medical care and suffers blackouts as a result of the attack.Five of the assailants attend the middle school with the victim and received 10-day suspensions.