Sep 18, 2017
An 8-year-old boy, Quincy, was nearly lynched in Claremont, New Hampshire. Quincy and his 11-year-old sister Ayanna went outside to the park two doors down from their house. They encountered some older kids, with whom they’d had a run-in earlier that day. “The teenagers had been jumping Quincy and she stopped the fight,” said Cassandra Merlin, Quincy’s mother.
Later, when they ran into those teenagers again, “the kids started hitting Quincy in the legs with sticks and throwing rocks at him.” They also started making comments about the fact that he was black and saying things like “white pride” at him and Ayanna, Merlin continued.
“There was a tire swing at the back of this house and one of the kids had put ropes around their necks and they told Quincy that it was his turn to do it. And Quincy got up on the picnic table and put the rope around his neck and another kid came up from behind him and pushed him off the picnic table. And then walked away and left him there hanging.”
Merlin said Ayanna began screaming for help and described Quincy kicking his feet, grabbing his neck and turning purple before he ended up dropping to the ground.
Merlin said when she got there and saw Quincy’s wounds, she immediately called the police. She said the two older boys and a girl ran.
After putting a neck brace on the little boy and giving him oxygen, the doctors at the local hospital decided to airlift him to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
The Claremont Police Chief, Mark Chase, claimed “these people need to be protected.” Was he referring to the injured child and his sister? No, he was referring to the teens who tried to lynch Quincy. He continued by saying, “Mistakes they make as a young child should not have to follow them for the rest of their life.”
The police chief called these white teenagers “young children,” and rushed to protect them while an 8-year-old boy was hung from a tree.
A black boy was nearly lynched by a gang of white teenagers – and the chief of police is concerned for the perpetrators – daring to treat them like the victims.
Cassandra Merlin spoke out about the incident, saying the reason she had publicized her son’s story was to “show this country that racism does in fact still exist.”