*In Maine, a former Gray-New Gloucester High School student says he was severely beaten last Thursday morning, landing him in the hospital, reports News 13/WGME-TV.

Zack White, 17, spoke to the TV outlet from his hospital bed showing mangled fingers, his ear wrapped in a bandage and cuts on his face. White says he was at a residence when the attackers came inside and beat him, shouting racial slurs the entire time.

White says his attackers are among the same group of people who shouted racial slurs about then President-elect Barack Obama after he won the election in 2008.

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department says it’s investigating and a possible hate crime investigation could happen soon, but that will be up to the District Attorney’s Office.

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