Police in Claremont, New Hampshire, are currently investigating an allegedly racially motivated assault against an 8-year-old biracial boy.
The alleged attack occurred on Aug. 28, Valley News reported. The child's grandmother, Lorrie Slattery, told police a group of teens used racial slurs against her grandson, threw sticks and rocks at him, and tied a rope around his neck before pushing him off a picnic table. The boy swung back and forth on the rope until he could remove it from his neck, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader.
Slattery said the boy was airlifted to a medical center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, about 30 miles away from Claremont, to receive treatment for his injuries, which included cuts and rope burns on his neck.
Following the incident, the boy's mother posted a picture of the boy's injured neck to her Facebook page.
"I just want to put this out there, my only intentions of making [my son's] story public is show this country that racism does in fact still exist," said the post, which has since been deleted, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader. "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," the post continued. "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."
Claremont Police Chief Mark Chase said on Sept. 7 that police did respond to the incident, but that it was not witnessed by any adults. He said those involved ranged in age, with one as young as 8.
Because those involved in the incident were all juveniles, officials including Chase and Claremont City Manager Ryan McNutt have said that details regarding the incident cannot be released, according to Valley News.
"Mistakes they make as a young child should not have to follow them for the rest of their life," said Chase.
Activists are reportedly calling on officials to release more information regarding the incident.
"Folks don’t just deserve to be informed about what’s going on; it is imperative that we disseminate this information," said Mark Hughes, 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."