Schoolboy has finger amputated after being injured running away from bullies

A schoolboy injured his finger so badly that it needed amputated after being chased by bullies, his mother claims.

Shantal Bailey said doctors were not able to save the finger on her son Raheem's right hand after he caught it on railings while trying to run away from an alleged attack at break time.

His mum claims that the 11-year-old has faced racial and physical abuse since starting at Abertillery Learning Community, Abertillery, Wales, in September 2021, but didn't realise how bad it had got until he phoned her crying from school on Monday.

Gwent Police said it was working with Abertillery Learning Community as part of its "ongoing inquiries".

"He had mentioned a few incidents of people being 'mean to him' recently, I did not realise the extent of what he was going through until an incident this week," his mum said.

"On Monday, Raheem called me in tears whilst I was at work, saying that he’s being bullied but that he was the one who was threatened with detention despite him being the one that’s getting picked on."

Mother-of-four Shantal says she went to the school to discuss what had happened and was "reassured that everything would be handled". But on Tuesday, she got another call from Raheem who was "screaming in pain".

She claimed Raheem was attacked and beaten by a group of children whilst in school. He was pushed to the ground and then repeatedly kicked, she said.

"He made a desperate attempt to leave the school grounds in order to escape the situation but caught his finger," Shantal said. "I received a phone call from Raheem and then the school informing me of the incident.

"The school told me that the ambulance wouldn’t arrive for two hours, but advised me not to drive Raheem to A&E myself.

"Raheem, his baby brother and I were taken to a minor injuries unit by the school bus, despite them knowing that his injury was severe."

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She said they spent the next five hours waiting for an ambulance to transfer them to Swansea, 50 miles away from his home and school.

"As time rolled on, it became more apparent that the possibility my son was going to lose his finger was a real one. I had to explain this to him while he sat there in agony," she said.

Raheem had to undergo six hours of surgery to try and save his finger, but it was not successful and had to be amputated.

Shantal said while he is back home and in a lot of pain he is "still suffering from shock because he keeps asking why it has happened to him and asking why people don't like him."

The school said, whilst refusing to comment further, that: "The well-being and safety of our pupils and staff remains of paramount importance."

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