Rally Held for Biracial Boy Nearly Hanged by Teens in NH

An image posted to Facebook shows cuts and bruises on the young boy's neck

He has since been released and has returned to school in Claremont. Family accounts of the incident reported by the Valley News allege the teens stood on top of the picnic table and grabbed a rope attached to a tire swing.

"The [teenagers] said, 'Look at this, ' supposedly putting the rope around their necks", Slattery told Valley News.

No adults are believed to have witnessed the incident, however the grandmother believes the teenagers said let's do this and pushed him off the picnic table and hung him.

That is exactly what one devastated family is dealing with after an 8-year-old boy was hanged from a tree by a group of teenagers in an attack that seems to be explicitly related to racism. The community is gathering in the town square Tuesday evening to denounce racism. The demonstration was inspired by violence last month against an 8-year-old biracial boy that occurred while he played with a group of teenagers outside his home. An abuse expert who spoke to the victim said the child swing from his neck three times before being able to untangle himself from the rope. "Claremont Police detectives assigned to this case are taking all steps possible to investigate the incident and have been doing so since the police became involved in this matter in late August", he said.

Police Chief Mark T. Chase issued a statement Tuesday, saying that he wants to assure everyone "in our community, our neighboring communities, and the nation at large that we take all reports made to this agency very seriously, and will complete our investigation in a thorough and professional manner". Without any internal injuries? Many took to Twitter and shared their feelings regarding the incident.

Police have refused to release any further details about the case, citing confidentiality that protects juvenile investigations.

"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. "Hatred and bigotry will not be tolerated in New Hampshire", the statement read.

"Mistakes they make as a young child should not have to follow them for the rest of their life", he told Valley News separately.

"If it was an accident, that boy or anybody there wouldn't have left him, I believe it was intentional". "Tonight I was spot on", the uncle wrote in his Facebook post. "That was attempted murder and a hate crime", one user wrote. They say they hope this will be the beginning of a conversation about race relations in Claremont.

According to the 2010 census Claremeont has 13,000 residents and is 96 per cent white, 0.6 per cent African-American and 1.8 per cent biracial, The Root reported.

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