A New Hampshire mother is accused of calling a 9-year-old black boy the N-word and threatening to “kneel on his neck” after he broke her son’s toy, officials said.
Kristina Graper, 51, allegedly threatened the boy when he was playing with her son in a park in Dover back in May, according to a civil rights complaint filed by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office last week.
The boy had broken a foam bullet or missile after being pushed by Graper’s son, the complaint said.
Graper’s son ran home to tell his mother the boy had broken his toy.
The mom went to the park and allegedly told the other child she would “kneel on his neck,” according to the complaint.
The boy understood the kneeling remark to be in reference to the murder of George Floyd, who died last year when a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck as he was being detained, the complaint said.
She also allegedly hurled the racial slur at the boy.
A witness told Graper her behavior was out of line, but Graper allegedly started yelling at that person.
Police were alerted to the incident by the black boy’s mother.
When questioned by police, Graper allegedly denied saying she would kneel on the child’s neck, though she allegedly admitted to police that she had told the boy “you wonder why you guys get f—king kneeled on,” the complaint said.
Graper, whose race isn’t mentioned in the complaint, also denied calling the boy the N-word.
Attorney General John M. Formella said in a statement that the threat was allegedly “motivated by the victim’s race.”
The boy was left so distressed by the incident that he’s been afraid to go back to the park until “other children are there to help keep him safe,” the complaint said.
A civil rights violation could bring a maximum civil penalty of $5,000, according to Formella.
With Post wires