Claremont Police Still Mum About Boy’s Injuries – 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 on; it is imperative that we disseminate this information,” said Mark Hughes, the co-founder and executive director for Justice for All, a Vermont-based group for racial justice. “Because to not do this feeds into the problem.”
Hughes noted that while the incident occurred on Aug. 28, it took more than a week for it to become public, and that was only because of a widely shared Facebook post by the boy’s mother.
Activists Frustrated by Lack of Information On Attempted Hanging Incident Involving Biracial Child – In an interview last week, the grandmother of the injured child, Lorrie Slattery, said the family is still trying to piece together details of how the boy wound up with cuts and rope burns around his neck. Slattery said her grandson and a group of older kids were playing in a backyard when the teens began taunting him with racial epithets and throwing sticks and rocks at him. This reportedly wasn’t the first time the teens hurled racial slurs at the child.
The incident escalated when a few of the teens hopped on a picnic table and grabbed a nearby rope holding a tire swing, the grandmother said. It’s unclear how the rope ended up around the boy’s neck, but that’s when Slattery said he was pushed off the table, causing severe injury to his neck. The child was later airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Valley News reported.
Slattery said no adults witnessed the incident, but the family has managed to gather details from other children who saw what happened. Family members are still waiting for additional information from police, however.
“I don’t know all of the legal ramifications, but I do feel strongly that they should be as transparent and open as they can be,” Pastor John Gregory-Davis, who’s also a member of Showing Up for Racial Justice, told Hew Hampsire Public Radio. “To pretend this is just an unfortunate incident between some misguided children is to downplay seriously what happened here.
NH: Family Says 8-Year-Old Biracial Boy Survived Being Hung from Tree in Attempted Lynching | Democracy Now! – In New Hampshire, authorities are investigating an apparent attempted lynching in the town of Claremont. A mother says her 8-year-old biracial child had to be airlifted to the hospital after a group of white teenagers reportedly hung him from a tree. She also posted photographs on Facebook showing the injuries to the child’s neck. The child’s grandmother also says the white teenagers were taunting the child with racial slurs before the attack. The town of Claremont is 96 percent white.