KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A 13-year-old boy is home recovering after police say two teens poured gasoline on him and then set him on fire.
According to the reports, the teen was followed home by two older teens while walking from East High School. As he was trying to get into his front door, the two teens allegedly rushed up and grabbed him. One pinned his arms behind his back while another poured gas on the boy and flicked a lighter saying, “This is what you deserve.”
This produced a large fireball that burned the teen’s face and hair. He was able to put out the flames with his shirt while his attackers ran away. The eighth-grader then called 911 before calling his father.
He was taken by ambulance to Children’s Mercy Hospital where he was kept for several hours as they treated first-degree burns to his face and head. Police said they were concerned about possible damage to his eyes and lungs while also saying they are investigating this as a possible hate crime.
Hate crime you ask? Yeah, you wouldn’t have guessed that if you clicked on either of the two links I have already provided. The first link forgets to mention the victim is white and his supposed attackers are black. The second link I posted conveniently left off a bit if what was allegedly said to the victim. The full quote should have been, “This is what you deserve. You get what you deserve, white boy.”
But I guess that’s better than fox4kc. They don’t even mention either of those facts. Go figure.
Police need help 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.
In their defense, maybe the news agencies who are leaving out key facts relating to the crime are just being responsible and want to stick to reporting facts and not help spread misinformation or inaccuracies. Surely they wouldn’t sanitize their reports based on race, religion or sexual orientation. lol! Yeah, right.