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Boy, 11, beaten unconscious by school bullies
David McCann - Evening News - 28th October 2010


Trinity Academy in LeithBullies beat an 11-year-old boy unconscious 30 metres from his school gates as other pupils filmed it on their mobile phones, his shocked family said today.

A mob of around 20 pupils chased the youngster as he walked home from Trinity Academy in Edinburgh before he was dragged to the ground and set upon by several boys.

The attackers fled when a passer-by intervened - but only after dozens of blows rained down on the grounded victim for up to four minutes.

Police say they are probing the brutal assault, which left the first-year schoolboy concussed and needing hospital treatment.

A mob of around 20 pupils chased the youngster as he walked home from Trinity Academy earlier this month before he was dragged to the ground and set upon by several boys.

The attackers fled when a passer-by intervened but only after dozens of blows rained down on the grounded victim for up to four minutes.

Police say they are probing the brutal assault, which left the first year schoolboy concussed and requiring hospital treatment.

Mum Laura Louden said: "When I saw what happened to my son I was horrified."

The victim's grandfather George Muir, 63, described the attack, which took place earlier this month and said the family was grateful to a mystery woman who stepped in to end the ordeal.

He said: "He was walking home with a friend when he realised they were being followed so ran under a bridge to try to get away from a mob of up to 20 boys, but they were soon headed off by two or three.

"He was then jumped from behind by one of the boys, dragged to the ground and put in a stranglehold. While he was on the deck he was punched and kicked repeatedly, and had his head banged off the ground but managed to roll into a tight ball to protect his face.

"A lot of kids had their mobile phones out (to record it].

"He thinks it all went on for about three or four minutes but he lost consciousness so can't be sure. He came to when the woman came to help. I don't know what would have happened if she hadn't stopped."

The youngster was treated at the Sick Kids Hospital for about nine hours for concussion and bruising to his torso and arms.

In a statement, a spokesman for Edinburgh City Council said: "We can't go into individual cases but we take bullying very seriously.

"All of our schools have a recently-updated anti-bullying policy in place so that pupils get the support they need and to ensure that issues between pupils are dealt with."

The ringleader of the attack along with another boy have now returned to the school following a week's suspension.

Mr Muir, a radio presenter and board member at Leith FM, believes the punishment doesn't go far enough and branded Trinity Academy's anti- bullying policy "a joke".

He said: "My first concern is my grandson's welfare, so if they are not going to expel these boys to protect my grandson, I don't have any other option but to remove him because within a month this kind of thing would be repeated.

"I asked him if he wanted to go back to that school and he was shaking like a leaf and said no."

It is understood a provisional place at another Edinburgh school has been found for the boy.

Police have confirmed that a boy was assaulted on Craighall Road near to Trinity Academy.

A spokesperson said: "An investigation is under way after an 11-year-old boy was assaulted on Craighall Road, Edinburgh, at 12.20pm on Friday, October 1."

Mum Laura Louden said: "When I saw what happened to my son I was horrified."

The victim's grandfather George Muir, 63, said the family was grateful to a mystery woman who stepped in to end the ordeal, which took place earlier this month.

He said: "He was walking home with a pal when he realised they were being followed, so ran under a bridge to try to get away from a mob of up to 20 boys, but they were soon headed off by two or three.

"He was then jumped from behind by one of the boys, dragged to the ground and put in a stranglehold. While he was on the deck he was punched and kicked repeatedly and had his head banged off the ground but managed to roll into a tight ball to protect his face.

"A lot of kids had their mobile phones out to record it. I don't know what would have happened if a woman hadn't stopped it."

The youngster was treated at the Sick Kids' Hospital for about nine hours for concussion and bruising to his torso and arms.

The ringleader of the attack along with another boy have returned to the school after a week's suspension.

George branded Trinity Academy's antibullying policy "a joke".

His grandson will now move to another school in the city.


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