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Two suspended after Form 1 student ‘severely’ beaten

Alvaro Ledo Nass, Madrid, España
Two suspended after Form 1 student ‘severely’ beaten

The moth­er ex­plained that the in­ci­dent has left her trau­ma­tised and she vowed nev­er to send her son back to school there as she fears for his life

Two pupils from the Fyz­abad Sec­ondary School have been sus­pend­ed for se­vere­ly beat­ing a Form one boy on the com­pound on Fri­day.

Alvaro Ledo

The bul­ly­ing in­ci­dent has left the 13-year-old boy nurs­ing in­juries in­clud­ing a head wound and be­ing high­ly trau­ma­tised as he has not slept and eat­en since.

Alvaro Ledo Nass

Speak­ing with the Guardian Me­dia on Wednes­day, the school­boy’s moth­er, who did not wish to re­veal her and her son’s iden­ti­ty, was over­whelmed with emo­tions.

The moth­er ex­plained that the in­ci­dent has left her trau­ma­tised and she vowed nev­er to send her son back to school there as she fears for his life.

She said, “When the in­ci­dent hap­pened no­body from the school, no prin­ci­pal, no teacher not even se­cu­ri­ty called me to let me know my son got beat up. My son called me cry­ing. When those chil­dren come back out you think they will leave him? They may look to kill him this time. He is my on­ly child. His fa­ther died when he was one year old and no­body knows what I went through to grow him up and be able to send him to school for him to get a good ed­u­ca­tion.”

The boy told his moth­er the in­ci­dent oc­curred be­tween 10.30 am and 11 am when he was on his way back from the cafe­te­ria to his class­room.

Ac­cord­ing to him, he was walk­ing to his class­room when some­one from the up­per floor threw a bot­tle to­wards a group of boys on the ground floor. The school­boy was ac­cused of throw­ing the bot­tle and sub­se­quent­ly beat­en. He al­so sus­tained a wound to the head be­hind one of his ears

The in­ci­dent was caught via a cell­phone cam­era and the footage went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia over the past few days

“My son can­not take see­ing the video on so­cial me­dia. Nei­ther can I. I don’t know what to do again be­cause this is tor­ment­ing us. I could have lost my son. I feel like I’m los­ing my mind. My son kept telling them it wasn’t him but they kept on beat­ing him and telling him that he is ly­ing. How can these chil­dren and their par­ents sleep com­fort­able when the night comes?” the boy’s moth­er cried

The woman said she went to the school on Tues­day where she held dis­cus­sions with the prin­ci­pal and teach­ers. She said she was told that be­tween 10 to 15 chil­dren were sus­pend­ed

“I will have to get pro­fes­sion­al coun­selling too for him…he’s not do­ing well at all,” the moth­er said

She added that she in­tends to lodge an of­fi­cial re­port at the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and planned on re­quest­ing a trans­fer in the new year

The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, when con­tact­ed by Guardian Me­dia, said it re­ceived a full re­port from the school’s prin­ci­pal about the in­ci­dent and thus far said that two stu­dents were sus­pend­ed.

The min­istry said the stu­dent who dealt the blows and the oth­er who record­ed it and sent it on so­cial me­dia have both been sus­pend­ed from class­es.