Good Samaritans, moved by the story of an 11-year-old who misplaced his finger whereas fleeing racist faculty bullies, have donated £73,000 to assist him purchase a prosthetic.
Raheem Bailey was attacked, overwhelmed, kicked and pushed to the bottom by a bunch of kids in school on Tuesday, his mom Shantal Bailey mentioned.
Her son had tried to flee, she mentioned, however bought his finger caught whereas climbing a fence, and it later needed to be amputated.
She mentioned Raheem has been going through “racial and physical abuse” in addition to being bullied about his top since he began secondary faculty in south Wales in September.
Ms Bailey described her son’s plight on a GoFundMe web page with a goal of £10,000 which she set as much as elevate cash for a prosthetic finger and cash to assist his restoration.
As of Saturday night, greater than £73,000 had been donated and the quantity was persevering with to rise.
In a message on the web page, Ms Bailey wrote: “I’m fundraising to get my 11-year-old son, Raheem Bailey, a prosthetic finger and any further value to get him on the highway to restoration.
“Raheem has faced racial and physical abuse, as well as more generic bullying about his height and other things, since he started secondary school in September 2021.
“Although he had talked about a couple of incidents of individuals being ‘imply to him’ just lately, I didn’t realise the extent of what he was going by till an incident this week.”
She said as he tried to escape the school grounds during the attack he tried to climb a fence.
“His finger bought caught and connected to it, inflicting the pores and skin to strip and the finger to interrupt in half,” she said.
“After six hours of surgical procedure to reserve it, which was in the end unsuccessful, his finger needed to be amputated.”
Gwent Police investigation
Messages from donors included: “Sending Love & Light to a very brave young Man who should never have had this happen to him” and “I am so sorry for what’s happened to Raheem. Having been bullied at school myself, I know all too well first hand the terror and pain it can inflict.”
The incident prompted the Welsh authorities to launch a press release, saying: “We condemn bullying and racial harassment in any form and expect allegations and incidents of bullying and racism to be fully investigated by schools with appropriate action taken to address the matter and prevent further instances from happening.
“We perceive this incident is being investigated by the college and the native authority, and that Gwent Police are concerned and finishing up an investigation.”