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 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.

“I am upset and saddened and angered about how the police and city officials have chosen to play this,” said Kendra Colburn, of Strafford, a member of the Upper Valley chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice. “(They) all seem like they do not want media attention on this story, and I am concerned about that. I am really concerned that we can’t change what we don’t know about or refuse to look at.”

As he has done repeatedly, Claremont Police Chief Mark Chase on Thursday declined to comment on the case, citing confidentiality laws that protect juveniles.

Chase has confirmed that there was an incident involving juveniles on Aug. 28 that remains under investigation.

In an interview on Thursday, he acknowledged that he has received several inquiries from people both in and out of Claremont, and though he is constrained on what he can say, he said he has reassured each person that the police department is committed to getting to the bottom of all complaints it receives.

For good reasons, Chase said, criminal investigations involving juveniles are kept confidential.

“Mistakes they make as a young child should not have to follow them for the rest of their life,” Chase said.

We all know what the sentiment and reaction would be if the colors of the children were reversed. Angela Helm of the Root commented on this response as posted on the Daily Kos:

*Notice how he called these predators “young children,” infantilizing the white teens. Conversely, teens like Trayvon Martin are made out to be hulking, menacing adults. Chief Chase seems to be centering the perpetrators’ feelings and futures, all but forgetting about the trauma of a little boy who had his so-called friends hang him from a tree to the point where he had to be medevaced to a hospital.

Comments please!


9 thoughts on “A Biracial 8 Year-Old Boy Was Injured From Almost Being Lynched

  1. I am so frigging tired of this country. Even if the majority of US citizens don’t think of progress as some liberal-black-Muslim conspiracy, the loudest and currently most influential people do. I’ve always considered patriotism to be a very dubious thing, but I am getting to the point where I view the entire nation in which I live with pure derision.

  2. I couldn’t read that but I heard about it. I was too upset to read and I can imagine how those savage animals who committed this crime will be dealt with. That poor child will be traumatized for a long time because of these animals. These beast need to be sent to prison for life.

  3. I can understand the privacy given to those charged with a crime who are deemed too young to pay for it. But, it seems to me that the youngest these teenagers could possibly be is 13, and at that age I would expect them to know right from wrong.
    I hope these kids are in jail as should their identity come out there will be a feeling of revenge wanted.
    My other worry is what kind of atmosphere there boys(?) are being raised in where they come across the knowledge of lynching those of a different colour. If a parent is teaching their children this then I’d hope for some law that would allow for them to be punished too for encouraging this kind of action.
    Well done those who want to see some equality in the action taken against these ‘children’ and that taken against black children in similar circumstances.

  4. Cowards at large. If he was a big biracial black boy,they probably would have ran. Funny how they blame then boy’s mom for being
    a ” bad” mom for not ” hiding her beautiful kids and they raised great children. Yeah…great kids beating up 8 year old kids. They are such great pillars of their communities( sarcasm).

    1. My cousin is currently experiencing something similar with her son. Her son is being chased, bullied and threatened by a group of white kids. The other day she called the police as it is getting worse. The kid had to run to a friend’s home in order to hide. This is a little outside of Windsor, Ontario Canada.

  5. Probably not as they characterize this behaviour as ‘normal’ child’s play. I am waiting for an update. Personally, I would sue the parents and school board, then take it to a Human Rights Tribunal, and contact a newspaper to publicize these pieces of shit. The act when money is involved.

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