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Parents of Teen Accused in Near Hanging Say It Wasn't Racist

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    The parents of a teenager accused of being involved in the near hanging of an 8-year-old biracial boy in New Hampshire insist what happened was a tragic accident and was not motivated by racism.

    In an interview with Newsweek published Saturday, the teen's parents say he tried to startle the 8-year-old-boy into jumping off a picnic table on Aug. 28, not realizing the boy had a rope from a tire swing around his neck.

    The 8-year-old's grandmother says the teenager was part of a group that taunted him with racial slurs and pushed him off the table. The boy was treated at a hospital for neck injuries and was released.

    The case is being reviewed by the state attorney general's office to determine whether it constituted a hate crime or a civil rights violation.