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Poplar Bluff

Poplar Bluff, MO: Fifteen-year-old Walter Currie Jr. was doused with gasoline, and then set on fire by a sixteen-year-old classmate. The attack occurred on June 13 in Poplar Bluff, a small Missouri town about 125 miles south of St. Louis.  St. Louis Post Dispatch story. Walter and his family say they  believe this attack was racially motivated. The sixteen year old who was arrested for the attack on Walter has been released from jail. The juvenile court in Butler County has requested that the alleged assailant be tried as an adult, where he would face felony assault charges. No hate crime charges have been filed.  Walter spent nine days in the burn unit of a St. Louis hospital. He is  is expected to recover, but he faces years of treatment and  multiple surgeries.  His mother Winona Currie says, “Physically, he’s doing well, but I’m worried about his spirit.”