Black Teenagers Set White Student
Returning from School on Fire
The New York Daily NewsA
13-year-old boy who police say was doused with gasoline and lit on fire
last week while walking home from school is recovering from
first-degree burns to his face and head. The boy was just two blocks
from his home in Kansas City Tuesday when two teenagers began to follow
him and then attacked him, his mother, Melissa Coon, said.
Police have described the suspects as black 16-year-olds, while the
victim is white. "We were told it's a hate crime," Coon told KTLA.
"They rushed him on the porch as he tried to get the door open," Coon
told KMBC. "(One of them) poured the gasoline, then flicked the
[lighter], and said, 'This is what you deserve. You get what you
deserve, white boy.'"
By lighting the gasoline, the second attacker "produced a large fireball
burning the face and hair" of the boy, according to a Kansas City
Police Department report obtained by KCTV.
"It was pretty bad stuff," Detective Stacey Taylor told the TV station,
adding that police are concerned the boy may have suffered damage to his
eyes and lungs.
Coon said her son put out the fire with his shirt and called 911
himself. He was rushed to the hospital and was treated for his injuries.
She believes the students also attend East High School with her son,
and said he will not be returning to the school. She also told KMBC her
traumatized family plans now plans to move.
"My 5-year-old came in and asked me, 'Mom, am I going to get set on fire today?'" Coon said. "I was in tears."