A young boy with special needs was attacked by a gang of bullies at his junior school who beat him so severely he ended up in hospital.
McKenzie-Graye Evans spent three nights in hospital after he was kicked and punched by three other boys who had followed him to the toilet in between lessons.
The 11-year-old, who suffers from a range of disabilities, including Asperger’s syndrome, was put in hospital on the last day of term at Edge Hill Junior School in Stapenhill, Staffordshire.
As well as Asperger’s, McKenzie-Graye suffers from dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and dyspraxia.
His parents claim their son has been badly bullied by the boys since he started at Edge Hill four years ago and say staff at the school has failed in their care of duty.
After the attack McKenzie-Graye was bruised so badly that it caused severe infections and bleeding under his skin, and doctors said they were concerned for his health as there was a high possibility that the infection could spread into his bones.
His father Shane Robinson said: ‘He came home on his last day of school and could hardly walk because he was in so much pain.
‘He spent three nights in hospital before being discharged and he’s at home on medication now, but he still isn’t right at all.”
Mr Robinson said the bullying began with typical name-calling, pushing and shoving, but the physical abuse started last year.
‘Because of his special needs McKenzie-Graye will react – never in a violent way, however – and they laugh at his reactions.
Earlier this year the physical abuse became so severe that his son was refusing to go to school and threatened to kill himself.
‘It was horrendous to hear our boy say that he wanted to end his own life.
As a result his parents pulled him out of school for two weeks while the situation was taken care and after the time away McKenzie-Graye returned on half-days to avoid coming into contact with the bullies.
Edge Hill Junior school in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire where McKenzie-Graye Evans was attacked on the last day of term
His mother Nadine Evans said the attack on her son at the school in Stapenhill, Burton-upon-Trent had broken her heart.
‘He doesn’t deserve this. He’s seen as an easy target because he’s vulnerable.
‘To see him upset, distressed, panicking and with physical injuries where yobs have attacked him is not what any parent ever wants to see.
‘He only went to that school because we struggled getting him into a special needs school.
‘It makes me so angry to hear my boy talking about suicide at his age.
Victim: McKenzie-Graye was punched and kicked so badly his parents took him to the hospital
Ms Evans said the family have made endless complaints to the school but I feel the school was not listening.
‘I think it’s totally unacceptable.
‘These bullies have not only attacked him but hospitalised him and it’s shocking that this has taken place in a junior school.
‘McKenzie-Graye has been left anxious, scared to go anywhere and he has no self-esteem whatsoever. These lads have made his life hell for four years.’
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said an assault was reported and that they have visited the three alleged attackers in their home.
‘We gave the boys and their parents suitable advice and this course of action was agreed by the victim’s mother.’
Michael Manger, head teacher at Edge Hill Junior School, says the issue of bullying is taken very seriously and says the school was unaware of the attack.
‘This incident was not reported to any member of staff on the day or subsequently and I am very sorry to hear the news that one of our pupils has been taken into hospital as the result of an incident.’
He added that any incidents of bullying are dealt with promptly and rigorously by the school and that in McKenzie-Graye’s case the school has been working ‘closely’ with him and his parents.