March 26, 2012 – (Updated March 28, 2012 10:18pm – The photo of Allen Goin has been removed. The photo has been proven to be a hoax)
Back on February 28, 2012, a 13 year old teenager said that two black teens assaulted him at his front door of his Kansas City home after being followed there from the East High School stadium. The 13 year old stated to police that one of the teens held him in a bear hug while the other grabbed a gasoline can and told him “this is what you get.” The teen then produced a lighter and as he tried to light the can of gasoline on fire he dropped the can spilling gasoline on the ground. The teen was then successful in igniting the gasoline which produced a large fireball burning the 13 year old about the face and hair.
This boy has been identified as Allen Coon and also as Allen Goin. Reports indicate his mother is Ms Coon and father is Mr Goin. Because of this confusion I’ll refer to him as “13 year old.”
It took a while but this story is finally getting out there thanks to the Drudge Report and the blogging community.
There are some who are beginning to question the accuracy of this reported “hate” crime. I’ve read numerous reports on this story and many are exaggerated.
One story I read from an NBC affiliate reported that the teen was doused with gasoline and then set on fire. This is not true. The police report does not state that. It also does not state that the two black teens made any references to the 13 year old being a “white boy” as some reports have said. So it would appear that some in the media are intentionally sensationalizing this story in an effort to make it into a race issue. Maybe it was, but the statement the 13 year old gave to the officers that first arrived makes no mention of any racial comments being made by either of the two black suspects. Of course what was told to the media after the fact by friends and family members who did not witness the attack may be different. The fact still remains, some in the media are not being honest in their reporting of this story.
Some questions that have been asked are if maybe the boy was playing with gasoline and accidentally caused the fire and fabricated a story to cover himself. Sounds like a reasonable question to me but then I wasn’t there so I will keep my personal opinions to myself. My main concern is how the media is covering this story.
Something about this story does bother me a bit though – If the gasoline was spilled then why wasn’t the 13 year old’s pants burned? Why only the under side of his face. And the person who set the fire must have also been burned. And what about the guy holding the teen in a bear hug, was he not burned also?
Back when I was 16 years old I was playing around with a can of gasoline in my parents back yard. I had taken a 2 gallon can of gasoline and poured some in a circle on the ground. I thought it would be cool to set the circle on fire. Much to my great surprise, the instant I flicked the lighter the fumes around me ignited into a massive ball of fire. It scared the hell out of me. Luckily, I was not burned at all.
My point here is that if those guys lit that gasoline that close to them, it would seemed plausible that everyone would have been burned to some degree.
I would be interested in knowing if any prints were taken from that gas can and who the can belonged to.
No matter what, I am just glad to hear that the 13 year old is doing well and back home with his family, and hope that those two black teens are soon caught and dealt with. -JRoycroft
Here is a copy of the : Actual Police Report