A gang of bullies had the audacity to nail a plank of wood into the head of an autistic boy, as he walked home from visiting his grandmother.
Nine-year-old Romeo Smith, from Mansfield, was approached by the group who were waving sticks and calling him names. The boy climbed a tree to try and escape.
When he tried to run home one of the boys threw a plank of wood at him with a large nail protruding.
The piece of wood hit the boy at the back of his head and the nail embedded itself into his skull.
They boy’s Mother Natasha, 30, had been walking home with Romeo and her three other children after calling at her mother’s house nearby when Romeo was targeted.
‘Romeo had lagged slightly behind,’ said Natasha at the family home in Mansfield, Notts.
‘It’s usual for him to trail behind me a bit, he does it a lot because of his autism and it’s something I’m used to him doing.
‘He likes to stop and look at things. So I was ahead of him slightly
When she made it home, Natasha realized Romeo wasn’t behind her so his father Craig, 35, immediately went to check on him.
The Father found him minutes away from the family’s home, trapped in a tree by 3 boys who were brandishing sticks and were calling him cruel names and taunts.
As the dad approached, Romeo came down but as the pair walked away one of the boys picked up a plank of wood which had a nail attached to it and threw it at the boy.
A one-inch section of the nail embedded itself in the back of the boy’s head with the wood still attached.
The father carried him home and Natasha decided it was too dangerous to remove it in case it caused further injuries.
Romeo was then taken to the hospital where doctors gave him morphine and removed the nail which had bent as it hit his skull.
Natasha added: ‘My partner was terrified, and I was so upset but Romeo has been so brave. He is a very lucky little boy because it could have been more serious.He has been given some antibiotics because the nail was so dirty, it was covered in bugs. The doctors were really amazing and he seems fine now but it was a horrible thing to happen.
‘I don’t know whether it had anything to do with his autism, but I think they did see him as vulnerable.
‘If I could speak to the boys responsible I would tell them to stop bullying others.I would tell them to stop the name calling and the violence. I don’t want this to happen to another child.’
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