Schoolboy had bleach poured in his eyes by bullies
An 11-year-old boy had BLEACH poured in his eyes by a gang of bullies who chased him down the road.
The school boy, named locally as Kyle, was saved by his glasses after a fellow pupil poured bleach out of a Lucozade bottle on his face.
Police are now investigating the horrific attack, in Birmingham West Midlands, which happened as Kyle and two friends walked home from school.
Kyle had allegedly told one of the attackers to ‘shut up’ after an altercation about another boy earlier that day.
It is believed the attacker spotted Kyle after school and jumped onto a bus to grab his five mates, saying: “I’ve got some people who need sorting out.”
The thugs – also from Great Barr School – then chased Kyle and his friends down Birdbrook Lane as they walked home from school on September 22.
But Kyle stumbled and was pounced on by the gang of six yobs.
Barbara Silver, whose daughter was walking with Kyle at the time, said: “The gang shouted at Kyle to stop and that’s when they started to run.
“Kyle was worried about running across the road because of cars and that’s when he stumbled.
“The group caught up with him and one of the boys in the year above poured bleach from a Lucozade bottle into his eyes.
“No normal child carries a bottle of bleach around with them, we can’t get our heads around it.”
Kyle’s friends then linked arms to pick him up and took him to Birdbrook News where the shopkeeper locked them in.
Barbara, 41, added: “The shopkeeper locked the door but the gang had followed them.
“He turned them away and said ‘we don’t want your sort in here’.
“The shopkeeper then spoke to the other boy’s mum who was on the phone and she got hold of Kyle’s mum.”
Kyle was treated for chemical burns at hospital and hasn’t returned to school.
Barbara said: “My daughter is back at school but she’s scared if the attacker is let back into the school.
“We think he’s currently in isolation.”
The mother of the other boy who was with Kyle, who doesn’t wish to be named, said: “My son rang me to say his friend had been attacked after these boys had approached him.
“I could hear the shouting and the screaming in the background.
“One held him down while the other poured a bottle of bleach, which was in a fizzy drink bottle, into his eyes.
“He was taken to hospital and doctors told his parents that if he hadn’t been wearing glasses at the time, he could have gone blind.
“I have been speaking to his mother.
“He has been left very traumatised and hasn’t been back to school yet, he is obviously terrified of the boys.
“He is a lovely quiet boy and for some reason they have singled him out.”
A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: “Police are investigating after a schoolboy had a substance – possibly bleach thrown at him as he walked home from school.
“The attack which took place on 22 September at around 3.50pm happened on Birdbrook Road in Great Barr.
“Fortunately the boy was not seriously hurt.
“Officers are conducting local enquiries and analysing CCTV footage in the area.
“Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Force CID on 101 quoting log 2727 22 September.”
A spokesman for Great Barr School said: “The incident happened outside school time.
“However, we take incidents such as these very seriously.
“We have dealt with the incident internally which we are keeping confidential.
“It is now a police matter.”
Police are now investigating the horrific attack, in Birmingham West Midlands, which happened as Kyle and two friends walked home from school
Bal Showker, owner of Birdbrook News, said the group were ‘screaming’ when they burst into his shop.
The 49-year-old said: “It happened around 3.30pm.
“Three kids came in screaming and crying and were very upset.
“They said they were being chased up the road and that one of them had been squirted with soapy water.
“I asked them whether they had been swimming that day because they smelled very strongly of chlorine or bleach.
“When they said no, we realised that it wasn’t water and my wife took the boy into the back to wash his eye out.
“I went out to the front to see what was happening and I saw the other kids briefly, but they ran off straight away.
“I guess I have a big physical presence!
“About 15 minutes later his mum came to pick him up and took him to hospital.
“She was quite panicked.”