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2 Teens Charged in Racial Slur Vandalism Case

Posted November 30, 2007 11:20 a.m. EST

— Two Granville County teens were arrested Thursday and charged with spray-painting racial slurs on property of two black families.

Ralph Bowman said a pickup truck and bus parked behind his Wheeler Pond Road house were covered in offensive language and symbols, written with green spray paint. One slogan proclaimed "KKK 4 Life."

Bowman discovered the vandalism last weekend, when he returned home from the Thanksgiving holiday.

Similar graffiti was spray-painted on the garage door of another family. Bowman said the house belongs to the only other black family on his street.

Two stepbrothers, ages 14 and 15, were charged in juvenile petitions with two counts each of ethnic intimidation and one count each of damage to personal property and damage to real property. The teens live in the same subdivision as Bowman, authorities said.

The teens have been detained by juvenile justice authorities and are scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, authorities said.