Police Won't Release Details About Boy Who Was Almost Lynched at School
This type of stuff is really unacceptable.
A New Hampshire bi-racial 8 year old was almost hanged to death from a tree by a group of older students and his family as well as the public want some answers that the police aren't willing to share.
NH1 reports that a Claremont, N.H., boy had to be flown to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center after one or more teens decided to hang him from a tree with a rope.
The boy’s mother, Cassandra Merlin, posted the horrific photo of her baby’s neck on Facebook and even then gave those responsible the benefit of the doubt.
The caption reads in part, “So my son is being flown to Dartmouth after a 14 year old kid decided to hang him from a tree. I don’t care if this was a so called accident or not. My son almost died because of some little sh** teenage kids.”The town of Claremeont, N.H., has 13,000 residents and is 96 percent white, 0.6 percent African American and 1.8 percent biracial, according to the 2010 census.
The boy’s uncle, Lyrik Merlin, who also posted photos of his injuries on social media, wrote in a post that he wasn’t sure the attack was racially motivated, but the boy’s grandmother went on record saying that the teens taunted the boy for being half-black.
Lorrie Slattery told the Valley News that the incident was, in fact, racially motivated and “intentional.”
“The [teenagers] said, ‘Look at this,’ supposedly putting the rope around their necks,” Slattery said. “One boy said to [her grandson], ‘Let’s do this,’ and then pushed him off the picnic table and hung him.”
The boy swung back and forth by his neck three times before he was able to remove the rope; Slattery said none of the teens came to his aid.
As late as Friday, Claremont Police Chief Mark Chase would not comment on the specifics of the case, saying only that they were still investigating and that those involved are juveniles, prohibiting him from specifically making any comment. Chase also said that the kids being investigated (who knows if they’re charged?) should be “protected.”
“Mistakes they make as a young child should not have to follow them for the rest of their life,” Chase said. -(Angela Helm, TheRoot.com)