‘My son is being bullied because he is English’: Welsh mother says boy, 11, is being beaten ‘black and blue’ in playground because his father is from England
- Kelly Wood, from Swansea, said her son Liam, 11, has been bullied for four years
- Liam’s tormentors have labelled primary pupil ‘English p***k’, ‘idiot’, and ‘fat’
- Mother claims he had to go to hospital in 2017 after his head ‘split open’ in fight
- Police investigating bullying and hate crime after mother blasts school response
A Welsh mother says her son, 11, is being beaten ‘black and blue’ on the school playground and labelled ‘English idiot’ by bullies because his father is English.
Schoolboy Liam has been abused for more than four years, his mother Kelly Wood said, leading her to involve police after alleged school inaction.
Ms Wood from Gowerton, near Swansea claimed bullies pick on her son Liam because his father is English.
The mother of the bullied child said she took him to hospital in 2017 when his head was split open after a fight with another pupil at school.
Welsh mother Kelly Wood (pictured) has claimed her son Liam, 11, is beaten ‘black and blue’ on the school playground and labelled ‘English idiot’ by bullies because his father is English
Liam has been been abused for more than four years, leading his mother Kelly Wood to involve the police after alleged school inaction
The Year 6 pupil at Waunarlwydd Primary School, used to be the ‘happiest boy ever’ before the bullying started, Ms Wood told WalesOnline.
But years of persistent bullying has led to him develop anxiety and stress.
Ms Wood said he has returned home from school ‘black and blue’ with bruises after being hit and punched from head to toe in a ‘tag-team’ of abuse.
She also said that on one occasion seven boys ‘piled on’ him at once.
Liam’s tormentors have also labelled him ‘English p***k’, ‘English idiot’, and ‘fat’, his mother Kelly Wood (pictured) has claimed
Liam’s tormentors have also labelled him ‘English p***k’, ‘English idiot’, and ‘fat’, Ms Wood has claimed.
She added that bullies also abuse the fact that his father is disabled and unemployed.
Ms Wood has been paying £30 for counselling for her son as he said he ‘didn’t want to be here anymore’ .
The concerned mother reported the abuse to the police recently as she was concerned the school were failing to ensure her son’s safety.
South Wales Police have now confirmed they are investigating allegations of bullying and hate crime.
South Wales Police Neighbourhood Inspector Simon Trick said: ‘We are investigating allegations of bullying and hate crime against a 11-year-old boy from the Gowerton area.
‘Tackling hate crime is a priority for South Wales Police. Hate crime is totally unacceptable, and we take it extremely seriously.’
He added: ‘South Wales Police is committed to protecting our communities and safeguarding those who are vulnerable.
‘Anyone who is a victim of hate crime or witnesses a hate related incident should come forward and report. It is through reporting we can take action against perpetrators and provide victims with the support they need.’
Waunarlwydd Primary School said in a statement: ‘Waunarlwydd Primary School treats any claims of bullying very seriously and we are committed to providing a safe and caring environment for all our pupils, where all members of our school community treat each other with kindness and respect.
‘We cannot comment on individual pupils but we can say that Year Six are all happily working together this week preparing for our end of term celebrations.’