An eight-year-old boy has survived being hung from a rope by a group of teenagers who were taunting him with racial slurs, his family has claimed.
The incident occurred in Claremont, New Hampshire on 28 August. The boy has been treated at area hospitals for cuts and bruises to his neck. He has since returned to school.
The boy’s uncle posted publicly on Facebook about his nephew’s injuries, writing: “My nephew was hung from a tree by a 14yr old who claims, “it was an accident”. I don’t care what kind of excuse this teenager has but you DO NOT play with somebody’s life”.
The Claremont Police Chief has acknowledged the lack of information being released surrounding the case of the 8-year-old biracial boy.
Last week, Chief Mark T. Chase posted an apology on Facebook about not being able to deliver more details.
“I know what is being reported has caused not just my community to ask questions but the entire nation wants to know more. I am sorry that I am not able to provide any additional information to all of you”, he began.
“Claremont Police detectives assigned to this case are taking all steps possible to investigate the incident”, he said. The police “have been doing so since the police became involved in this matter in late August,” he added.
Additionally, New Hampshire officials are investigating whether the assault against the unidentified child can be categorized as a hate crime, reported the New York Times.
Police have yet to release any more details about the case, citing the privacy concerns of all the minors involved.
The boy’s grandmother, Lorrie Slattery, has however come forward to allege that the incident was “intentional”.
She said she has pieced together the story from her granddaughter and a few other children who were present. There were allegedly no adults present.