Police are investigating a possible race hate attack after a 13-year-old boy was doused in gasoline and set on fire.
The teenager, who suffered first degree burns to his face and hands, is white and his two attackers black.
His mother Melissa Coon said the attackers told her son ‘This is what you deserve. You get what you deserve, white boy’.
Police in Kansas City, Missouri said they are investigating the alleged assault as a possible hate crime. (You think?…OM)
Investigators said the assault took place as the teen walked home from East High School.
He noticed two older boys following him and as he arrived at his home the pair threw gas on him.
‘They rushed him on the porch as he tried to get the door open,’ Mrs Coon told KMBC-TV.
‘[One of them] poured the gasoline, then flicked the Bic, and said, ‘This is what you deserve. You get what you deserve, white boy’.
Mrs Coon said her son was able to beat the flames out with his hands and shirt and was able to call 911 and his father.
Police said the boy had been engulfed in a ‘large fireball’.
He has lost his eye lashes, eyebrows and some skin on his face.
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.
The teen is now recovering at home after his ordeal but his mother said he has already had a traumatic effect on her family.
‘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.’
Coon said her family will move from their home and her son will not return to East High School as he fear’s her son’s attackers may be students there.
Police said the two suspects, believed to be around 16 years old, are male and have facial hair.
One was wearing a blue hat, blue jacket, and shoes with the number 23 on the side.
The other wore a blue hat, a black jacket, and wore glasses.