Autistic boy ‘punched in the head and strangled with tie for having special needs’
An autistic boy was punched 10 times in the head and strangled with his own tie for having special needs, his distraught mom has claimed.
Year 10 pupil Ajay Childs, who has only recently started using the school bus because he does not cope well with crowds, was allegedly attacked by two bullies on his way home from school on Monday.
The 15-year-old was listening to music on his headphones when the vile students launched a brutal attack in front of horrified children.
Ajay’s mom Kelly said she believes her son was targeted for having special needs and is demanding that more is done to protect vulnerable young people.
“Ajay has a broken thumb, concussion, whiplash, swelling to his face and cuts and bruises under his eye,”
“He’s also still completely withdrawn and has said he never wants to go back to school, let alone get on the bus again.”
Ajay’s family had been coaching him for his daily commute by taking him on public transport and showing him he had nothing to fear.
But now the shy 15-year-old, a student at Bexleyheath Academy, in London, won’t leave his bedroom.
“He got off the bus straight after it happened and called me,” the mum-of-five said. “When I saw him I was horrified. He was so shaken up and had cuts all over his face.
“A girl on the bus helped him find his glasses after it all happened and all the other students on the top deck saw it.
“I’m hoping that with their statements as well as CCTV from the bus that the kids who did it will be punished.”
Kelly has reported the incident to the police as well as Bexleyheath Academy.
A school spokesman said: “Near the end of the school day on Monday there was a serious assault by a year 10 and a year 9 student on a year 10 boy.
“The two assailants then fled the premises and carried out a similar attack on another year 10 boy on public transport.
“The academy immediately suspended the two boys who allegedly carried out the two attacks for five days so that the incidents can be fully investigated.
“We are giving our full cooperation to the Metropolitan Police with their investigations.
“The safety and welfare of all students at Bexleyheath Academy are our number one concern and we totally deplore any acts of verbal or physical assaults on members of our school community.
“When the investigations are completed we will not hesitate to take appropriate disciplinary action.”