North Brookfield, Mass. – Police in Massachusetts are searching for suspects who allegedly threw a hatchet at a black teen and yelled racial slurs at him.

WHDH-TV reports the 14-year-old was stepping off his school bus in North Brookfield on Tuesday when two masked men in a passing car yelled at him and threw the hatchet at his head.

The boy’s mother says he ducked out of the way and the hatchet narrowly missed.

North Brookfield Police Chief Mark Smith says he views the altercation as a hate crime.

Police are currently increasing patrols at area bus stops as a result.

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