The mother of an 8-year-old boy from Claremont, New Hampshire, posted a devastating message on Facebook before deleting it.
“So my son is being flown to Dartmouth after a 14-year-old kid decided to hang him from a tree. I don’t care if this was a so called accident or not. My son almost died because of some little s*** teenage kids,” Cassandra Merlin wrote on Facebook, alongside a photograph of her son’s injuries.
Her unidentified 8-year-old was treated for his injuries in the hospital, according to The Root.
“I just want to put this out there, my only intentions of making Quincys story public is show this country that racism does in fact still exist. That it is still so alive that our children are living in a world of hate. Being exposed to all types of hatred. It truly saddens me that even in a city so small, racism exists. My son used to love being able to go to the park with his older sister and shoot some hoops! Now, he's not even allowed to go outside without me. It sad that in a city we considered to be safe, we aren't safe at all. I will tell you this, my son will get the justice he deserves. Also wanted to say I am so appreciative of all the messages and support everyone has taken the time to give. I do apologize for not responding to most, as there are hundreds. Just know I have read every message and am thankful for all the kinds words! #justiceforQuincy”
The child’s uncle, Lyrik Merlin, also expressed his outrage Facebook, saying, “You know what is the most sick part about what happened to my nephew? My first thought was that somebody did something to him because he’s biracial. That’s a sad and scary thought.”
In late August, the boy suffered rope burns around his neck after an incident in a home’s backyard. His grandmother, Lorrie Slattery, said her grandson was playing in the yard before a group of teenagers began calling him racial epithets and throwing sticks and rocks at his legs, according to Valley News. Then, Slattery said, the teens jumped up on a picnic table and grabbed some rope from a tire swing.
“The (teenagers) said, ‘Look at this,’ supposedly putting the rope around their necks,” Slattery told Valley News. “One boy said to (her grandson), ‘Let’s do this,’ and then pushed him off the picnic table and hung him.”
She said her grandson didn’t suffer any internal injuries, adding that he must have a guardian angel. Slattery explained to Valley News that the boy had swung back and forth by his neck a few times before he managed to remove the rope from his neck himself. None of the teens allegedly helped him. Police are investigating the incident.
She said that her grandson, and his mother, are traumatized from the incident.