Checking: California Mom Claims 13-Year-Old Son Was Attacked For Being White And An @RealDonaldTrump Supporter

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  • by: Alan Duke

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Checking: California Mom Claims 13-Year-Old Son Was Attacked For Being White And An @RealDonaldTrump Supporter

Update: Corning Police released a statement Friday concluding the attack was not racial or political. See https://hoax-alert.leadstories.com/3471279-fake-news-13-year-old-boy-not-attacked-for-being-white-and-a-trump-supporter.html

Was a 13-year-old boy attacked at a northern California skate park by Hispanic youths because he was white and a supporter of President Trump? Police are still investigating if it is true: The mother reported the attack to Corning, California, police on Friday, December 20, 2019, and she began tweeting about it three days later. Then, on December 25, she said "police dont seem to care much."

Corning Police Sgt. Ian Anderson told Lead Stories that his department is taking the case seriously and would have a report on their findings soon, possibly as early as Friday, December 27, 2019. He would not speculate about the veracity of the mother's claim that the attack was racial and political.

The claim originated from a series of tweets posted by the mother on December 23 and 25, 2019 (archived here), which included several photos of her son's bloodied face. One message read:

"My 13 year old son was attacked for being white and a @realDonaldTrump supporter. Him and his older brother were called names and beat with a mallet breaking my youngest son (13) nose. Racism is real and not one sided! Help us seek justice! @FLOTUS @Franklin_Graham"

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Jennifer on Twitter

"My 13 year old son was attacked for being white and a @realDonaldTrump supporter. Him and his older brother were called names and beat with a mallet breaking my youngest son (13) nose. Racism is real and not one sided! Help us seek justice! @FLOTUS @Franklin_Graham"

The mother's tweets raised skepticism on Twitter, with people questioning the details. Lead Stories called the Corning police for a response. Anderson said this on Thursday, December 26:

She and her son made a report on the incident at the skate park. We have an open investigation to determine the true facts of the case. Our agency takes pride in our service and the extent we investigate our cases. We took a thorough report at the time and met with them after the incident. We are actively working on fact checking everything ourselves.

Anderson said the conclusions will be posted on the Corning Police Facebook page. Lead Stories is following this story and will update the findings after the investigation is concluded to check the validity of the mother's claims that the attack was both racial and political.

We recently debunked another story in which it was claimed that an attack on a 14-year-old on a Florida school bus was the start of a second American civil war. Read our finding here: Fake News: Attack Of 14-Year-Old White Kid On School Bus Is NOT Part Of An American Civil War

Updates:

  • 2019-12-28T05:02:40Z 2019-12-28T05:02:40Z
    Update 9pPT Friday, December 27, 2019: Police conclude mom is wrong. Fight was not racial or political and her son "brandished" a knife.

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  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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