Attack on black teen in Colorado was hate crime, police say

Bein Park
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Bein Park in Berthoud, Colo., where a black female exchange student from Germany says she was attacked by a group of white men on Thursday, April 12, 2012.
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(CBS/KCNC) BERTHOUD, Colo. - A black foreign exchange student from Germany says she was attacked in a Colorado park in what police are calling a hate crime.

According to CBS Denver, police say the 15-year-old girl, a junior at Berthoud High School, was walking home Thursday in the town about 30 miles north of Denver when she was accosted by a group of white men.

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.

The Thompson School District issued a statement saying, "We're concerned for her safety and well-being, and are providing whatever support we can."

Police reportedly say they have descriptions of the suspects, but none of them were in custody.