Biracial boy in New Hampshire almost hung to death by teens

Cheryl Sanders
September 13, 2017

The incident happened August 28 on private property off North Street. 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". Slattery said the children were in a backyard when some of the teens got on the table and grabbed a rope that held a tire swing.

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. The Claremont Police Department, in a statement, confirmed that the boy was treated and released from a hospital for injuries received during "this incident". It is unclear how the rope got around her grandson's neck but the grandmother claims that the teens pushed them off the table. The boy's mother later posted pictures showing rope burn on the boy's neck on Facebook. No adults are believed to have witnessed the incident, but hospital workers told the family he swung by the neck three times before he was able to remove the rope. Fortunately, he did not suffer any internal injuries. "I think he had a guardian angel out there". Social and racial justice advocates from across western New Hampshire are expected to attend. "I don't care if this was a so called accident or not", she wrote in a now deleted Facebook post.

As late as Friday, Claremont Police Chief Mark Chase would not comment on the specifics of the case, only saying that they were still investigating and that those involved are juveniles, prohibiting him specifically making any comment.

Since then, many across the state have called for more information from law enforcement and an aggressive community response. City and faith leaders will speak, and organizer Rebecca MacKenzie said she hopes people come together to combat racism in Claremont in the future.

According to the 2010 census Claremeont has 13,000 residents and is 96 per cent white, 0.6 per cent African-American and 1.8 per cent biracial, The Root reported.

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