Police investigate attack on boy with Asperger's syndrome, while fellow pupil filmed it on his mobile phone|
MAGSHULL, UK: Police are investigating a sick “happy slap” attack on a 12-year-old boy with Asperger's syndrome at his school.
A teenage thug hit, kicked and stamped on defenceless Christopher Kingsbury while a pal filmed it on his mobile phone.
Other lads are heard cheering the savage onslaught in a changing room as one shouts: “Kick him again.” The vile video was circulated among gloating pupils.
Christopher, now 13, is in the same class as his tormentors at Dewes High School, Magshull, Merseyside.
His mother, Debbie, 40, who was shown the video by a friend, said: “We are horrified. We have no way of knowing how long this abuse has been going on. He is an easy target and kids have picked on him because he is so trusting. It’s sickening to think every kid in the area is having a laugh about it.”
Mother-of-two Debbie agreed not to press charges after police promised to send a liaison officer to talk to youngsters who took part.
Merseyside Police confirmed that an officer would visit the school.
A council spokesman said: “The safety of our children is of the highest priority and we take allegations of this nature extremely seriously. The school will work with police and the parents of those involved to find a resolution.”
(Source: The Sun, November 24, 2006)