An 8-year-old boy from Claremont, New Hampshire, was allegedly lynched after being harassed by a group of teenagers for his skin color.
“So my son is being flown to Dartmouth after a 14 year old kid chose to hang him from a tree”, she wrote in the original post, which has been hidden.
His mother has vowed to get justice for the alleged assault and, in a Facebook post, said: “My only intentions of making Quincys [sic] story public is show this country that racism does in fact still exist”. She added that it only got worse from there, alleging that teens grabbed a rope from an old tire swing, draped it around his neck, and pushed him off a picnic table, where he hung.
The boy’s grandmother, Lorrie Slattery, told the Valley News her grandson was playing with a group of teenagers in his Claremont neighborhood on August 28 when the teens he was with began calling him racial epithets and throwing rocks and sticks at his legs. “One boy said to [her grandson], ‘Let’s do this, ‘ and then pushed him off the picnic table and hung him”.
“The [teenagers] said, ‘Look at this, ‘ supposedly putting the rope around their necks”, Slattery told Valley News.
A family of a New Hampshire boy is demanding answers and not getting any, this after the 8-year-old boy was the victim of an attempted lynching.
As for the rumors the incident was racially motivated, again Chase couldn’t comment on this specific case but said, as with any report of a bias-motivated crime, the Claremont Police Department will investigate.
The boy swung back and forth by his neck three times before he was able to remove the rope from his neck; Slattery said none of the teens came to his aid. “What else needs to happen for us to understand that hate is alive and well in America”.
‘Being exposed to all types of hatred.
Claremont Police Chief Mark Chase said officials are still investigating the incident and wouldn’t release any more details.
Because those involved in the incident were all juveniles, officials including Chase and Claremont City Manager Ryan McNutt have said that details regarding the incident can not be released, according to Valley News.
If the incident didn’t involve children, he would have divulged more information.