UPDATE – 4/27/2012 – The victim’s mother is speaking out. The video follows the original story below.
Original story posted 3/7/2012
They said “this is what you deserve, white boy” as they dumped gasoline on him.
Missouri (The Gaslamp Post) - The family of a thirteen-year-old boy is now living in fear after their son was chased by two other youths, and set on fire on his own front porch. The young man reported being followed to his home, which was only two blocks away from his school, by two black youths and was cornered as he tried to enter his home.
“They rushed him on the porch as he tried to get the door open,” the boy’s mother, Melissa Coon said. Her son told her that one of the black kids put him in a headlock as the other grabbed the gas can. “(One of them) poured the gasoline, then flicked the Bic, and said, ‘This is what you deserve. You get what you deserve, white boy’.”
Immediately after setting the young man on fire, the two black youths ran off. Coon’s son was able to put himself out, enter his home to safety, and call for help. He is reported to have called both 911 and his father. He was taken to the hospital and spent several hours in the burn unit.
His mother said that there were lingering effects of the attack in the home. “You could smell the burned skin, you could smell the burned hair. It was just horrible,” said his mother. Coon told KMBC-TV that her son lost all of the hair on his face, his eyebrows and eyelashes and much from his head. The family is refusing to allow their son to return to the school because they believe his attackers also attend classes there. They are planning on transferring him to another school. The family says that the attack has affected all of them.
“My five-year-old came in and asked me, ‘Mom, am I going to get set on fire today?’” she said. “I was in tears.”
The two suspects are described as black males, both with facial hair. One is reported to have been wearing a blue hat, blue jacket with the number “23″ on it, and blue shoes. The other is reported to have been wearing a blue hat, black jacket, and glasses.
Anyone with information regarding this attack is asked to call Crime Stoppers as (816)474-TIPS.
UPDATE: 4/27/2012 - The victim’s mother has had it with the hypocrisy surrounding the Trayvon Martin case. Even though her son was attacked and set on fire because of his race, the police still refuse to call it a hate crime.
No information regarding the identity of the perpetrators has been forthcoming.