Teens say Spring HIll vandalism wasn't racially motivated - WSMV Channel 4

Teens say Spring HIll vandalism wasn't racially motivated

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SPRING HILL, TN (WSMV) -

Two Spring Hill teens say their prank got out of control and deny any racial hostility.

Police have charged Dakota Calderhead, 19, and Kristian Mathis, 18, with civil rights intimidation and vandalism.

The two were arrested on New Year's Day.

Authorities said the teens painted racial slurs and swastikas on homes and left a noose hanging in a black man's yard.

In interviews with Channel 4's partners at The Daily Herald, the teens said they did not know the homeowner was black and denied any racial hostility.

The teens said they plan to make personal apologies when they are released from jail.

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