A Biracial 8 Year-Old Boy Was Injured From Almost Being Lynched


From Valley News by the Daily Kos:

Claremont — Activists and community members in Claremont are calling on police to provide more information after allegations that a young boy was injured late last month in a racially motivated incident.

The family of an 8-year-old biracial boy said he was taunted with racial epithets by a group of young teenagers and then intentionally pushed off a picnic table with a rope around his neck in the backyard of a home near Barnes Park.

Ten days after the incident, aside from confirming an ongoing investigation, police have refused to release any details about the case, citing the confidentiality that protects juvenile proceedings.

But Twin State activists involved with racial justice issues said that by not offering any information about the case, officials could be stifling an important community conversation about racism.

“Folks don’t just deserve to be informed about what’s going…

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Posted on 09/12/2017, in Cases, civil rights and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.

  1. I read about that on my granddaughter’s first day of school. She is 7. I couldn’t stop crying. That couldn’t happen to her, could it? Not here. That couldn’t happen in these days, here. Not here. Could it?

    • Rachael,
      I was thinking the same thing when I first read about hit. New Hampshire? Not there. Certainly not there. It’s not a Southern state that lost the Civil War. The “Live Free or Die” state? Certainly not there. Or, so I thought.

  2. Horrible. Just horrible. My daughter is 8. I can’t imagine anyone harming an 8 year old.

    • Hi Brenda! It is said that bullies pick on those who they perceive to be the most vulnerable. An 8 year old has no defense against teen boys. It was horrible what they did and I truly hope that the 8 year old receives the proper counseling.

  3. Good thing the media has finally picked this up. OMG . He’s freaking 8 years old. This is going to traumatize the kid. I hope not.

    • Ren,
      I am pleased that the media picked-up this story, but not so pleased with the way social media is handling it by making demands. Rather, people should extend positive thoughts to that 8-year old and his family. Traumatized? Of course. It’s an absolute betrayal of trust, for one thing. Here was a trusting bi-racial kid who probably was never given “the talk” about race. Now, he will live the rest of his life knowing that he can be hated for the color of his skin.

  4. yahtzeebutterfly

    This horrific hate crime needs national attention!

    CBS has finally picked up this story in this article posted 16 hours ago:


    An expert on abuse who spoke to the boy at the hospital said he swung from his neck three times before being able to remove the rope, Slattery said. None of the teens came to his aid, she said.

    This needs to be addressed as attempted murder by the authorities.

    The CBS article showed the tweet by the Valley News that had this information:

    The family of an 8-year-old biracial boy said he was taunted with racial epithets by a group of young teenagers and then intentionally pushed off a picnic table with a rope around his neck in the backyard of a home near Barnes Park.

    Photo another CBS article titled “Prosecutors sent to investigate alleged attack on biracial boy” :

    • I don’t understand how media says something needs to be addressed in a certain way when local authorities have stated that the matter is being investigated. The incident involves juveniles. Unless they are going to be charged as adults, about the only thing we (the public) will hear is whether the teens have been charged.

      I like the way that Brotha Wolf pointed out how Trayvon Martin was not given the same measure of confidentiality when he was killed. Trayvon committed no crime, and yet Zimmerman’s attorney felt the need to release Trayvon’s purported cell phone photos that were never verified nor entered into evidence at trial. Some painted Trayvon as an adult, while juveniles who lynched an 8-year old are treated as juveniles by the justice system. Well, equality has to start somewhere I suppose, so I’m not going to complain about the lack of details in this incident. But, I do have one other thing to say. It could be that local authorities were conducting their investigation according to law, and had it not been for the mom posting the photo on Facebook, social media would not be demanding more information.

      • yahtzeebutterfly

        I understand your point, Xena. We have to have trust that an investigation is going on properly.

        I do think it was important for the family to make the horrific act public to guarantee that it would not be swept under the rug and to receive emotional support from their community,

        How does a victim and the victim’s family gain the community’s protective, emotional support from the trauma they are going through if the incident has to be “hush hush” because juveniles are involved?

        The family needs to reach out to friends and community for support while the investigation is going on in the same way a patient with an illness needs to reach out for support while doctors and the hospital are doing investigative tests.

        • Yahtzee,
          I’m not so sure that local authorities were not investigating before the mom posted the photo on Facebook.

          The incident does not have to be “hush hush” because juveniles are involved.

          Re: The comparison with reaching out for support during an illness. Individuals can share about their own health if they wish to. However, health care professionals cannot share any of the private health information with anyone unless the patient has given their approval. In the same manner, the mom could and did share about what happened to her 8-year old, but that doesn’t mean that authorities can be open when there are laws regarding juveniles accused of crime(s). Also, I’m pretty sure that an individual sharing about their illness for support does not end up having people on social media telling the doctors what tests to conduct and medications to prescribe.

      • yahtzeebutterfly

        Xena, if the juveniles are charged with a crime, will the public be informed?

        • Yahtzee,
          Maybe this is why I might sound somewhat contrary. On my other blog, I reported a case where a 14-year old was charged with cyber-harassment and ethnic intimidation. It happened in Northampton, PA. The investigation was conducted in about 3 months. So, the answer to your question is “yes.”

          Yet, I read no one say that the crime should have been investigated as a hate crime. Truly, what the 14-year old did to the 16-year old Black student was truly driven by racial hatred. I didn’t read anyone ask why the public didn’t know about the case before the charges. The public did not know because it involved juveniles and was under investigation. That does not mean that I’m opposed to the incident with the 8-year old being reported. It simply means that I sometimes shake my head at folks on social media with their questions, demands, and at times, hypocrisy.

  5. yahtzeebutterfly

    “Prosecutors sent to investigate alleged attack on biracial boy”

    CLAREMONT, N.H. — New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu sent a team of state prosecutors to help police investigate an alleged attack on a young boy by teenagers. The boy’s family calls it a hate crime.

    …Images of a biracial 8-year-old boy with rope burns and neck bruising have gone viral. His mother posted them, claiming her son was hung after being pushed off a picnic table by two 14-year-old boys in Claremont, New Hampshire, two weeks ago…

    The family says the pictures were posted to bring attention to the case because they claim police were not responding fast enough.


  6. yahtzeebutterfly

    Video – “Claremont Racism Response (1) ”

    Published Sep 12, 2017 by Valley News
    “Concerned citizens held a “Time for Reflection” on Tuesday afternoon at Broad Street Park, as a response to recent violence against a biracial boy.”

    Video – “Claremont Racism Response (4)”

    Published Sep 12, 2017 by Valley News

    • I like the way the woman expressed how the statements “trivialized” the incident. That is what I was feeling too while still understanding that since juveniles are involved, there is only so much information that can be released.

  7. yahtzeebutterfly

    Video – “Claremont Racism Response (2)”

    Published Sep 12, 2017 by Valley News
    “Concerned citizens held a “Time for Reflection” on Tuesday afternoon at Broad Street Park, as a response to recent violence against a biracial boy.”

    Transcript beginning at timestamp 0:51 —

    “The point is that this kind of behavior is learned behavior. And, it bothered me that these children understood what they were doing. And, that was the disturbing part, more than anything else.

    “You know…and then it was sort of reported as an “incident” rather than the actual attempt that was put on this young boy. And, then the ramifications of what that means. It is difficult enough in this day and age even to walk through America as a person of color. It really is a very difficult thing, and unfortunately, White people just don’t understand it.”

  8. yahtzeebutterfly

    More transcript (beginning at timestamp 2:25) of video “Claremont Racism Response (2)” —

    “And sometimes, we just don’t understand. We don’t understand, you know, Black from White…White from Black. And, it is a matter of communication, of conversation. We talk about what that means, but for us to understand that if I know you better, you’ll know me better. And, that is an essential part of growing just as a community, Black, White, and indifferent.

    “I mean, we need to recognize the value we gain from one another. That from a Black culture, there’s value. From White culture; from Asian culture, from Indian culture, there are values. And, the beauty of America and what the United States is all about is bringing all of those cultures together, melding them into one UNITED nation. And, that’s what I want to see happen in America. That we become a UNITED States where each of us recognizes the value in one another. And that we glean onto those, hold them fast and grow them so that our lives are richer and fuller and more beneficial on all levels…from good “eats” to great clothes to good music there is so much to gain from one another. And, how we would decide to separate rather than unite is baffling to me. I just don’t get it. So I hope people come away from today with ‘We need to unite vs divide.’ And, I love the Upper Valley because I feel that moments like this can happen and that can unite and feel the love for one another.”

  9. It is funny how people say America has came a long way. Sure, women can vote. Everyone has a voice. But is America really the best country in the world, proven our track record. Now, racism is exposing its head not only in the south, but also in the north.

  10. I feel like I must say this… there is a big difference saying some thing and doing something.

  11. This hits a little too close to home as I have biracial grandsons. My hope is they never experience anything like this.

    • Lulu,
      I share in your hope. Parents don’t often know the right time to have the talk with children or even how, because no one wants to teach their children that they can be harmed and/or hated because of their color of their skin. Somewhere in that talk about stranger-danger, inappropriate touching, and bullying, the subject can be introduced. I found the following video that speaks about instilling self-esteem as part of the discussion.

  12. yahtzeebutterfly

    “Claremont Racism Response (5/6) – Police Chief Mark Chase”
    Sep 12, 2017

    “Concerned citizens held a “Time for Reflection” on Tuesday afternoon at Broad Street Park, as a response to recent violence against a biracial boy.”

  13. Reading things like this really test my belief that we can overcome all obstacles. Hatred is such a powerful emotion and lifestyle.

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