One teenager in a skirt One teenager with a lighterOne moment that changes both of their lives forever If it weren t for thebus, Sasha and Richard never would have met Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle class foothills and attended a small private school Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime plagued flatlands and attended a large public one Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight