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One of New York Post’s ‘Bag Men’ Raising Money for Track Nationals

Salaheddin Barhoum, a Revere High School student, has set up a GoFundMe account to chase his dream.

Salaheddin Barhoum, one of the New York Post’s “Bag Men” who was falsely labeled as a Boston Marathon bombing suspect last April, has set up a GoFundMe account to raise money to run at track nationals.

“People know me from the news and some have a bad image of me,” he wrote on his fundraising page, “but I’m just a human chasing the dream.”

Barhoum, a Revere High School student, wrote he wants to attend the national meet with his friend Tarik, who is the best high jumper in their conference, the Northeastern Conference.

“I love track so much,” he wrote.

Barhoum, a Moroccan American, had raised $280 of his $1,000 goal as of Friday afternoon.

“I don’t have a job to get money from and my family doesn’t have a lot of money to help me,” he wrote. “We have until March 1st to make [our] dream come true.”

The New York Post falsely indicated Barhoum, then 16, and his 24-year-old friend Yassine Zaimi as suspects in the days after the bombing.

See Barhoum’s GoFundMe account >>

just thinking February 15, 2014 at 02:49 PM
I have some moroccan dollars do you want them
BH February 15, 2014 at 11:08 PM
Hey idiot, he's a Moroccan American, what's your ancestry? I doubt it's American American. Go back to your cave.
JohnnyMass February 16, 2014 at 09:25 AM
Another beggars website. Try working for a living. Seventeen years old, and expecting a handout already. And if your "false accusation trip" is supposed to make me feel a pang or two of guilt, it didn't work!
Bonnie Parker February 16, 2014 at 11:27 AM
Do you know that he doesn't have a job? $1000 is a lot of money for a seventeen year old, more than plenty of working adults can spare. And of course you shouldn't feel guilt, unless you're at The Post. You might try some empathy though, it's good for the soul, for those that have one.
david mokal February 16, 2014 at 05:01 PM
Geesh ! there are young adults just out of college who cant get jobs. Sign of the times people. So what if he's Maroccan. Mean rotten people. Ya all probably settin down smokin a fatty getting off bullying a Maroccan.
BH February 17, 2014 at 07:44 AM
Frosty what do you know about his reading and writing abilities? Have you ever met him? Your post isn't quite a work of poetry itself, you're just mad he's Moroccan American and not Caucasian I bet.
Frosty the Snowman February 17, 2014 at 11:59 PM
@BH I clicked on his BegPage aka GoFundMe. If I was going to beg for other's cash I would at least proofread my paragraph. He spelled "Revere" wrong, pretty lame when you can't get your hometown correct. Let's face it, he's another begger with a victim's attitude, but you can open your wallet for him, I'm sure he already gets a nice check from my tax $$$.
Bonnie Parker February 18, 2014 at 12:38 AM
If you pay more than 13% in income taxes, most of which is refunded to you, I'll eat my stylish yet affordable boots. Also, it's "others'" and "beggar." You're presumably a native speaker, what's your excuse? You've got no cause to get uppity, son.
Frosty the Snowman February 18, 2014 at 12:39 AM
Here's the difference, I posted that comment in less than 30 seconds. If I was going to put myself out there for a fundraiser, I would take the time to proofread my work. He cries poor mouth, but probably puts the same lackluster effort into a job application. Before anyone starts the old "it's difficult to learn a 2nd language" I'm sure a teammate, coach, teacher or friend would have given his page a quick proofread, but he could not be bothered. Every time I see someone begging for money or crying injustice "They be held back by da system" or "That there ain't right" or some other mumbled dialect I can't decipher, present yourself in a halfway decent manner and there's a better chance of getting a slice of the pie. But hey, why work when you can just beg or get a check?
Bonnie Parker February 18, 2014 at 12:53 AM
So your excuse is that you're lazy? Sorry, no. Present yourself in a halfway decent manner and there's a better chance of not looking like an illiterate moron. Before you criticize someone else's English, you'd better check your own, kid.
Frosty the Snowman February 18, 2014 at 12:55 AM
Bonnie are you done yet? You can keep attacking me, but I really don't care, just like I don't care about my simple typos on a Patch comment section. But in the future will you proofread my work?
Bonnie Parker February 18, 2014 at 12:56 AM
Proofread your own work, don't be such a lazy worthless waste all your life.
Frosty the Snowman February 18, 2014 at 01:01 AM
Yawn. I don't really understand why you feel it's necessary to insult others, but if it helps you through your day, I will be your punching bag!
Bonnie Parker February 18, 2014 at 01:10 AM
You don't? Really? What were you doing here insulting this kid then?
Frosty the Snowman February 18, 2014 at 01:25 AM
Bonnie I can tell there is no winning with you, I feel bad for your husband if you ever lured one in with your charming attitude. See I can do personal attacks too, but I typically comment on the article and don't attack other commenters like you do. You don't agree with my viewpoint, get over it. I'm done with this article and your banter.
Bonnie Parker February 18, 2014 at 01:32 AM
There's no winning because you're a loser. I don't feel one tiny bit badly for any spouse you may have lured in despite your illiteracy and inability to think critically, they should have known better. You personally attacked the subject of the article, because you're a racist POS. I don't agree with any racist POS's viewpoint, though I wholeheartedly hope you get over that.
John D February 18, 2014 at 01:43 AM
@Bonnie, re-read the original article. he says "I don’t have a job to get money from and my family doesn’t have a lot of money to help me,” boohoo. I bagged groceries when I was 16, and still played three sports. it's offensive that this leech is begging for peoples hard earned money that should go to help the homeless in this country.
Bonnie Parker February 18, 2014 at 01:48 AM
Spend your hard-earned money as you like, and skip the sob story because I've been working full time since I was fourteen years old. But don't pretend for a moment that Snowy there would react the exact same way to Jeff Smith, because that's crap.
John D February 18, 2014 at 01:52 AM
if you've worked full time since you were 14 doesn't it annoy you that this moocher wont do the same?
John D February 18, 2014 at 01:53 AM
BTW, my story is not a sob story. I turned out quite well from my "earn it yourself" upbringing.
Bonnie Parker February 18, 2014 at 02:00 AM
No, it's a different time. A fourteen year old can't get a full time job now. It took a fair amount of subterfuge 30 years ago that's simply not possible to do in the computer age. Also, you've rather neatly avoided my point. Here, I'll help. Several years ago, my daughter had the opportunity to go to Europe, at a price I simply could not afford, despite my very good job, which happened to be several times the amount that the subject of this article is asking for. Fortunately, people were more than happy to help out the pretty white girl with the Anglo name.
John D February 18, 2014 at 02:07 AM
my kids all had after school jobs at 16. fortunately I never had to beg strangers to send mine to sports related activities, or anything else.
Bonnie Parker February 18, 2014 at 02:21 AM
My kid had a job too, and paid back every penny. I don't suppose it's likely that your kids will merit the kind of (unfunded) scholastic honors mine did (did I mention the several thousand dollars? Do you have several thousand dollars to spare? Be honest.), but I sincerely hope that you're never in a position to require the kindness of strangers, and I equally hope that if you ever do, in this town, you have a nice Anglo name.
John D February 18, 2014 at 02:32 AM
your arrogance is amazing. how dare you presume that your kid is smarter than anyone else's. if you think that your name is a disadvantage then you are a perpetual victim, and will never rise above it. this discussion is over. best wishes to you and your daughter.
Bonnie Parker February 18, 2014 at 07:36 AM
John, I presume my kid is smarter than yours because she's mine, and yours are yours, and you seem to have some issues with reading comprehension, possibly indicating a mild disability of the sort which generally has some genetic component. Best wishes!
Larry Fine February 20, 2014 at 01:43 PM
Bonnie is a good little liberal. Surprised she hasnt called you a racist yet.

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