Apologetic and seeking forgiveness. Those are just some of the emotions from one of the Collierville teenagers arrested for tagging two cars with racial slurs.
The teen who painted a racial slur on the back of a local pastor’s car sat down with FOX13 to discuss the incident.
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"I didn't think it was going to be something this serious. I just thought it was going to blow off,” said the teen.
FOX13 asked the middle schooler why he did it.
“It was just something stupid that we thought would be funny, but it didn’t turn out to be funny at all,” he said. "It wasn't supposed to be racist."
Dr. Jason Mitchell, the pastor at Perfecting Love Community Church, parked his vehicle in the Collierville High School parking lot on Sunday. When he came outside, he found “F*** N******” painted on the back of his SUV.
On Tuesday, Collierville police announced two juveniles had been charged with vandalism and civil rights intimidation.
The following morning, one of the teen’s parents reached out to FOX13 to address the vandalism that went viral.
The teen's father is a man embarrassed and angry at the actions of his 13-year-old son who has been expelled from school and has been charged with a felony.
"My son is not a racist. Sometimes he makes bad decisions and this was the worst decision he has made in his life so far,” said the father who didn’t want to be identified.
FOX13 asked him to share his reaction and what he told his son after Collierville detectives visited the family's home.
“I can't say it on camera, but basically I wanted to know what the "F" was going through your mind,” the dad told FOX13. “What part of this is funny to you?"
"I regret it so much. I want to say I am sorry to the pastor and to the other person," said the teen. "I didn't mean to put anybody through this. I never did, and I feel so bad.”
FOX13 asked the teenager what lessons has he learned now that he has been expelled from school and faces a felony charge of civil right intimidation in Shelby County Juvenile Court.
"I have learned to never mess with anyone racially or do anything to that stupid extent, or do anything bad. I should just stick to school and be a good kid,” said the teen.
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