Police say a 13 year old boy who was drenched with gasoline as he walked home from school, and then set on fire, is in the hospital recovering from first degree burns to the face. The boy was allegedly walking to his Kansas City home when two black teenagers started following the white teen, and then set him on fire, according to the victim’s mother, Melissa Coon. “They rushed him on the porch as he tried to get the door open,” Coon told KMBC. “(One of them) poured the gasoline, then flicked the Bic, and said, ‘This is what you deserve. You get what you deserve, white boy.’” The two attackers ran away, and the eighth grader put the fire out with the shirt off his back. He managed to call 911 on his own, then his father. He was taken by ambulance to Children’s Mercy Hospital and spent several hours in the hospital’s burn unit.
“You could smell the burned skin,” said Coon. “You could smell the burned hair. It was just horrible.” Her son lost some of his eyelashes, eyebrows, and some of the hair around his face was singed. Coon said she knows her son is lucky — but also can’t believe someone would do that to her child. Coon said the incident will have a lingering affect 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.”