Hanging Of 8-Year-Old Biracial Boy Was A 'Lynching,' Twitter Says


"One boy said... 'Let's do this, ' and then pushed him off the picnic table and hung him", Slattery said.

The 8-year-old's grandmother, Lorrie Slattery, told police he was playing in a backyard with a pair of teenagers when they started making fun of his race and tied a rope around his neck before pushing him off table, the Associated Press reported.

"It is my expectation that local and state authorities will investigate appropriately and I've asked for regular updates on how things are proceeding", the governor wrote.

The teens stood on top of a picnic table and tied a rope from a nearby swing around the boy's neck, the Valley News reported September 5.

The incident sparked national uproar over what many called, specifically on social media, a hate crime. The boy's mother, Cassandra Merlin, confirmed Slattery's story in an interview with The Root, saying her son "got up on the table and put the rope around his neck".

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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". "And they walked away and left him there hanging". "I believe it was intentional", Slattery told the paper.

The child was treated at a hospital for cuts to his neck following the near-hanging August 28 in Claremont, the boy's grandmother, Lorrie Slattery, told the Valley News.

"The investigation revealed that an 8 year-old child was injured while he was on private property off of North Street in Claremont, N.H.", police said in a statement.

The family also says that Claremont police have tried to keep the incident under the radar, though Police Chief Mark Chase has stated that the only reason they haven't been more transparent about the case is because it pertains to juveniles.

New Hampshire Public Radio noted that a local group affiliated with Showing Up For Racial Justice, an activist group, had planned a prayer vigil on Tuesday afternoon "to show up against racism, and in a show of loving support for all members of the community!" in response to what it called the "CLAREMONT RACIST ATTACK". The statement goes on to cite the ages of those involved, all of whom are 14-years-old or younger. The community is gathering in the town square Tuesday evening to denounce racism.

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