A 10-year-old autistic boy was too scared to go outside and play after being attacked by five older boys who forced him to “lick their shoes clean”.
April England said son Logan was cornered by the teenagers after school last Monday, June 6, while out with friends at Chestnut Park, near their home in Wonford, Devon.
She described how she had only just let him out after a similar incident two weeks earlier when he had been pushed into a creek.
The mother-of-five said: “Logan was told to lick her shoes clean. They said if he didn’t they would beat him up, starting with a kick in the face.
“Obviously he did it because he didn’t want to get beat up.
“He had to do it to all the boys and then he managed to get away and run home. It was awful when he told me what happened to him. Logan doesn’t want to go far from home now.’
April 30 said that while Logan is “fairly intelligent, he’s not great socially” and finds it “extremely difficult” to make friends.
She added: “The bullies would have noticed there was something a little different about him as he’s not very socially engaged. I think they took advantage of that.”
The concerned mum said she didn’t report the incident to police because “part of Logan’s autism means he wouldn’t be able to describe or recognize who they were.”
April hopes to raise awareness of the increasing incidents of bullying and threats of violence in the area among residents of all ages – even claiming she is still a victim of bullying.
She admitted: “I just don’t feel safe allowing the kids to have a bit of freedom with friends.
“It would be just awful if they got beat up and it would be so dangerous for my daughter to get hurt as she has a heart condition.
“These teenagers need a curfew and there needs to be more police in the parks and CCTV.
“Teenagers think and know they can get away with it. I’m just so concerned to let my kids out in case something happens to them.
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/06/10/devon-cruel-bullies-make-autistic-boy-10-lick-their-shoes-16804514/ Devon: Cruel bullies make autistic boy, 10, 'lick her shoes'