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13 year old set on fire by bullies... Was it a hate crime?

Posted by on Mar. 25, 2012 at 5:15 PM
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Police: Teens set 13-year-old student on fire
By DeAnn Smith, Amy Anderson
Feb 29, 2012 6:16 p.m.

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - A 13-year-old East High School student suffered first-degree burns after two teens dumped gasoline on him and set him on fire.

The boy was rushed to Children's Mercy Hospital after the flames ignited. His face and hair were burned, according to police.

The boy was walking home from East High when he was accosted by two other boys about 3 p.m. Tuesday.

He said he made it to his home on Quincy Avenue when one suspect physically barred him from entering. The second suspect grabbed a red gallon gasoline can and said, "This is what you get."

The second teen then used a light to ignite the gasoline, which "produced a large fireball burning the face and hair" of the victim, according to a Kansas City Police Department report.

The boy's 36-year-old father said he wants to prosecute the suspects.

The boy is white. The two suspects are black. Police are reportedly investigating whether this was a hate crime.

Kansas City Police Department Detective Stacey Taylor said detectives were concerned about damage to the boy's eyes and lungs. He said this was a particularly heinous crime.

"It was pretty bad stuff," he said.

Police are asking for the public's help in locating the two suspects who are described as being around 16 years old. One was wearing a blue beanie, blue jacket and blue-green Nike Air Jordans with #23. The second suspect was wearing a black hoodie and black sunglasses with silver on the side.

If you have any information, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

East High is at 1924 Van Brunt Blvd.

Copyright 2012 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved.
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unknownstar
by on Mar. 25, 2012 at 5:17 PM
Sad
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vixen42
by on Mar. 25, 2012 at 6:46 PM

sad

goddess99
by Michelle on Mar. 25, 2012 at 9:23 PM

wow how sad... sounds like a hate crime to me.

splatz
by Sarah on Mar. 25, 2012 at 10:05 PM

:(

Ashley.Burress
by on Mar. 25, 2012 at 10:12 PM
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 I hate all this black on white, white on black hate. It doesn't matter what race you are, we all have the same color blood running through our bodies. We're all human beings, why does there have to be so much hate? I'll never understand it!

starreyedcutie
by Bronze Member on Mar. 25, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Omg!
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delanna6two
by Platinum Member on Mar. 26, 2012 at 1:01 AM

So sorry to hear news like this....

syoumans77
by on Mar. 26, 2012 at 7:41 AM

This is just horrible.  I was bullied in school, but it never got to the point that some of these stories get to now.

mom2gr8tgirls
by Gold Member on Mar. 26, 2012 at 9:08 AM
Wow. That's so sad.
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mommy_2_be_2010
by Member on Mar. 26, 2012 at 9:12 AM
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Trayvon martin was also a hate crime I think both should be protected under the shepard-byrd act and prosecutors allowed to throw the book at zimmerman and the other two for the crimes they comitted
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