Witness describes moment firefighter used racial slur on child

Terrence Skeen was charged with misdemeanor battery and assault after allegedly spitting on a 3-year-old and calling him a racial slur at Hooters


By FireRescue1 Staff

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A witnessed described the moments that led up to the incident of a firefighter allegedly spitting on a child and using a racial slur.

FOX4KC reported that the unidentified witness said the incident began when Terrence Skeen started giving the 3-year-old’s family parenting advice when he wandered away at a Hooters restaurant.

“He sat down and said, 'I’d get that little 'N' kid up off of the ground,' and it exploded from there," the witness said.

“I would just hope he understands not everyone thinks of people like that," the witness said of the boy. "It is one individual who needs to figure out that’s not how society is anymore.”

The FBI is currently determining whether or not the incident was a hate crime.

Kansas City director of communications Chris Hernandez confirmed that Skeen is a firefighter-paramedic for the city.

"We can confirm that Jeremy Skeen has worked in the Kansas City, Missouri Fire Department since 2002, minus one year where he resigned in 2010 for personal reasons. He currently has the title of firefighter/paramedic,” Hernandez said in a statement. “If he has that type of attitude and apparently works for KCMO, he has no business being out on the job because he never knows who he may be called to rescue.”

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