AG, Claremont police investigating after 8-year-old boy injured
Sep 13 2017 by Desiree Burns
Claremont Police Chief Mark Chase told the newspaper his department is investigating an August 28 incident involving several juveniles. But the boy's grandmother recounted to Valley News what she heard from children who were there, including the boy's sister: that he was playing in a park with a group of teenagers "when the teens started calling the boy racial epithets and throwing sticks and rocks at his legs".
The child's grandmother, Lorrie Slattery, told Valley News the incident was nearly certainly racially motivated. Say what you want, but when the US president defends avowed white supremacists, one can't be surprised when bullying takes on a decidedly racist tone as it did with an 8-year-old biracial boy who was hung from a tree in the year 2017.
A New Hampshire child was taunted with racial slurs and almost hanged by teenagers, according to the family calling for action by police. It is unclear how the rope got around her grandson's neck but the grandmother claims that the teens pushed them off the table.
A medical expert believes the boy swung at least three times before being able to remove the rope. Fortunately, he did not suffer any internal injuries.
Claremont City Manager Ryan McNutt and Police Chief Mark Chase will attend a community event Tuesday night aimed at responding to the alleged race-based attack of a young biracial boy in town, McNutt said. In recent weeks, family members and activists have expressed outrage over the lack of information given out by Claremont police, which has consistently cited confidentiality laws protecting juveniles.
"Hatred and bigotry will not be tolerated in New Hampshire", Sununu's statement read. "The investigation principally revolves around the conduct of people who are 14 years-of-age or younger".
"If it was an accident, that boy or anybody there wouldn't have left him", she said, noting that none of the teens came to his aid as he swung in the air.
"We're gathering to recognize that we have ... a mountain of work to do to deal with racism in our community and virtually every community in America", Rebecca MacKenzie, one of the organizer's of the Claremont gathering, told the Globe.