On August 28, an 8-year-old biracial boy was hung from a tree by a group of white teenagers in Claremont, New Hampshire. Reports from Newsweek and the New York Times both account the horrors this young child was subjected to.
After hurling racial slurs at the young child, the teenagers put a rope around his neck, then pushed him off a picnic table, leaving him to hang and run away. Thankfully, the 8-year-old was able to break free, which is a gift from on high, despite him choking and turning purple. Doctors were shocked that the boy survived.
While the lynching and attempted murder of this innocent child are appalling enough, the response from Claremont police chief, Mark Chase, is almost equally as deplorable:
What a despicable remark, especially coming from a police chief who is expected to uphold law and order. Chase talked about the lives of the lynchers, but what about the life of the young biracial boy? He was arguably seconds away from death. Furthermore, the ‘mistakes’ of the lynchers should absolutely follow them for the rest of their lives.
These teenagers knew exactly what they were doing to this 8-year-old. Some will undoubtedly argue that teens mess up; teens do, in fact, mess up, but there’s an astronomical difference between a careless slip-up and putting a noose around someone’s neck before leaving them to die in one of the most awful ways imaginable.
Such a lack of empathy is haunting, and these teenagers are absolute dangers to society. They demonstrated as much when they lynched an 8-year-old. They deserve to be severely punished and tried as adults. If these sociopathic children are let off the hook with a mere slap on the wrist, it sends an egregious message and potentially leaves others at risk of becoming victims.
What happened to this 8-year-old is nothing short of a hate crime and should be treated as such. Before these white teens hung the biracial child, they hurled racial expletives in his direction. Lynching someone has historical racial significance, and the teenagers were very much aware of this.
Apparently, the Claremont police are still investigating this matter. While they’re at it, they ought to look into the parents as well. Granted, the teenagers could simply be irredeemable sociopaths, however, their behavior is learned in the majority of cases. A thorough inspection into each one of the lyncher’s family members should be conducted in order to gather a full and accurate assessment of what led these teens to partake in their crimes.
According to the 8-year-old’s grandmother, although the child is healing physically, psychologically, he’s still in shock and wondering what happened:
Due to the very young ages of both the 8-year-old and the teenagers who almost murdered him, the Claremont police are not releasing any names to the general public at this time.
The terror has prompted various leaders of New Hampshire to speak out. Governor Christopher Sununu made the following public statements on Tuesday:
“Yesterday on my instruction, the Attorney General’s office sent a team to Claremont to provide assistance. It is my expectation that local and state authorities will investigate appropriately and I’ve asked for regular updates on how things are proceeding. Hatred and bigotry will not be tolerated in New Hampshire.”
New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald posted the following news release on the DOJ website:
“Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald announces that beginning last week, the New Hampshire Department of Justice was in contact with the Claremont Police Department and the Sullivan County Attorney’s Office regarding an incident that occurred on August 28, 2017, involving an 8-year old child. The New Hampshire Department of Justice will review all of the facts of this incident. To the extent that there is any credible information that this incident constituted a hate crime or a civil rights violation under New Hampshire law, the Office is prepared to take any and all appropriate action.”
The only appropriate action in this situation is to charge the teens who lynched this poor 8-year-old to the fullest extent of the law. They knew exactly what they were doing, and they need to answer for it. The Sullivan County Attorney’s Office needs to be prepared to take swift action immediately.
As a result of the horrific crimes, the 8-year-old and his family are faced with multiple challenges. As noted by the family’s Go Fund Me page, the boy will have to undergo psychotherapy treatment to heal psychologically from the traumatic wounds inflicted upon him. Likewise, the family no longer feels safe in Claremont, New Hampshire and will have to move.
Please click here to donate and help this child and his family make a speedy recovery.