Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Biracial boy in New Hampshire almost hung to death by teens

Biracial boy in New Hampshire almost hung to death by teens

The boy's grandmother, Lorrie Slattery the children were in the backyard when some of the teens got on the table and grabbed a rope that held a tire swing.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster said she was "outraged and sickened by the chilling images on social media and in the news". "One boy said to (her grandson), 'Let's do this, ' and then pushed him off the picnic table and hung him".

Meanwhile, Claremont Police Chief Mark Chase issued his first, detailed statement Tuesday on the incident that's two weeks old and vowed to pursue tougher criminal penalties if the attack proves to have been racially motivated. The boy was treated at a hospital for injuries to his neck and has been released.

NH1.com reports that a Claremont, N.H., boy had to be flown to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center after one or more teens chose to hang him from a tree with a rope. The 10-year-old experienced no internal injuries, which his grandmother attributed to his "guardian angel". Chief Chase seems to be centering the perpetrators feelings and forgetting about the trauma of a child who had his so-called friends hang him from a tree to the point where he had to be medevaced to a hospital. He has since been released and has returned to school in Claremont. "The investigation principally revolves around the conduct of people who are 14 years-of-age or younger".

The rally came as Republican Gov. Chris Sununu asked that the state attorney general's office help with an investigation into what happened in Claremont.

Lorrie Slattery
Lorrie Slattery

The incident occurred in Claremont, New Hampshire on 28 August. "I don't care if this was a so called accident or not", she wrote in a now deleted Facebook post. "Tonight I was spot on", the uncle wrote in his Facebook post.

State law can call for increased prison terms that prove to be hate crimes.

CLAREMONT, N.H. (AP) - More than 100 people, holding hands and singing "We Shall Overcome", gathered at a park to offer support to the family of an 8-year-old biracial boy who was almost hanged by a group of teenagers. They say they hope this will be the beginning of a conversation about race relations in Claremont.

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.

More than 100 people, holding hands and singing "We Shall Overcome", gathered at a park in town Tuesday evening to offer support to the family.

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