Biracial boy in New Hampshire almost hung to death by teens

Frederick Owens
September 13, 2017

As of now, the Claremont police chief has confirmed that they are investigating the incident but has refused to provide further details since all involved parties are juveniles. "The injured child was treated and released from an area hospital for injuries that he received during this incident".

A September 12 demonstration in Claremont, N.H., was inspired by violence last month against an 8-year-old biracial boy that occurred while he played with a group of teenagers outside his home.

"It is my expectation that local and state authorities will investigate appropriately and I've asked for regular updates on how things are proceeding", Sununu said.

The child's grandmother, Lorrie Slattery, told Valley News the incident was nearly certainly racially motivated.

"These people need to be protected", Claremont Police Chief Mark Chase said of the teenagers accused of hanging the boy.

"Hatred and bigotry will not be tolerated in New Hampshire", Sununu said.

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The Valley News reported that Merlin drove her son to a nearby hospital and that he was later airlifted to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center with rope burns and cuts to his neck.

The 8-year-old biracial boy was pushed off of a picnic table August 28 with a rope around his neck, and taunted with racial slurs by a group of teenagers, according to the child's family, which released photos showing the boy's injured neck. It's not clear how the rope got around her grandson's neck, but Slattery said the teens pushed him off the table.

"As a mother of a biracial child, this incident sent a chill through my entire body".

Town resident Rebecca MacKenzie said she felt compelled to organize the Tuesday evening rally in the park to draw attention to a climate of racial intolerance and xenophobia.

The boy allegedly swung back and forth three times from the rope before he was able to free himself. None said their children had been targeted as the Claremont boy had been but said they had friends who had been called racial epithets or beaten up because they are not white. The city of roughly 13,000 is almost 96 percent white, according to the 2010 census, and.6 percent black or African American.

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