A mother has revealed the bullying suffered by her ten-year-old autistic son, including making him lick his bullies’ shoes. Devastated April England, 30, says her vulnerable boy Logan doesn’t want to go out and play because of the abuse he’s been suffering.
She says this resulted in five teenagers chasing and cornering the young schoolboy as he played outside. They forced him to “lick their shoes” on pain of beating him, “starting with a kick in the face”.
The incident took place in Chestnut Park near their home in Wonford, Devon on Monday while he was with his brother ‘Jack-Jack’. April, a single mother of five, said: “Logan was in the park in a part where you can’t really be seen.
“Then a bunch of guys and maybe a girl started chasing them and cursing them Jack-Jack and their friend. It’s not the first time they’ve had a problem with someone or they’ve had to hide.
“For some reason Logan just couldn’t get away and was surrounded by the group – they made him lick his shoes or they beat him up starting with a kick in the face. Logan told me that he licked a shoe and ran away and ran home.
“I didn’t report it to the police because they won’t do anything and part of Logan’s autism means he wouldn’t be able to describe or recognize who they were.”
Logan, who his mother says ‘doesn’t quite understand what he did wrong’, was unable to remember what the brutal bullies looked like, but had reason to believe they were around 15 to 16 years old . April hopes to make residents of all ages aware of the increasing incidents of bullying and threats of violence in the area – and even claims that she is still being bullied.
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 were beaten up and it would be so dangerous for my daughter to get hurt. struggling because she has a heart condition.
“These teenagers need a curfew and there needs to be more police in the parks and CCTV. The teenagers think and know they can get away with this. I’m so scared to let out my children in case something happens to them.”