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From the Valley News:

Claremont — Concerned citizens are planning a “Time for Reflection” on Tuesday, at 5:20 p.m., at Broad Street Park, as a response to recent violence against a biracial boy.


“The purpose of this gathering is a compassionate public witness to support all in our community who are wounded by racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and insular nationalism and to stand up against it,” said an announcement dated Friday from organizer Rebecca MacKenzie.


The 8-year-old boy’s family has said that a group of children taunted him with racial epithets, placed a rope around his neck and pushed him off a picnic table near Barnes Park on Aug. 28. The boy was injured and treated at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He has since returned to school.


Police have refused to release additional details about the case, citing an ongoing investigation, which has led activists to raise concerns that the lack of information is stifling a needed conversation about race.


Community members said they hoped to get that discussion started on Tuesday.


“During the gathering on Tuesday, there will be a time for community and faith leaders to share a reflection or prayer, a time of silent reflection for all attendees, and an opportunity (to) deepen our connection in working for justice and equality.”