Monday, March 5, 2012
Black crime: A 13-year-old boy who was doused with gasoline and lit on fire 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 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 said. "They rushed him on the porch as he tried to get the door open," Coon said. "(One of them) poured the gasoline, then flicked the Bic, 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. "It was pretty bad stuff," Detective Stacey Taylor said, adding that police are concerned the boy may have suffered damage to his eyes and lungs. Coon said that 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 said that 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."