Anthony Joshua among sports stars supporting bullied boy who lost his finger

Anthony Joshua among sports stars supporting bullied boy who lost his finger
Shantal Bailey said her son Raheem has faced ‘racial and physical abuse’ since he started secondary school at Abertillery Learning Community

Boxer Anthony Joshua and footballer Jadon Sancho are among those who have sent messages of support to an 11-year-old boy who lost his finger while “fleeing school bullies”, the boy’s mother has said.

Raheem Bailey was beaten by a group of children at school on Tuesday, Shantal Bailey said.

Ms Bailey, 28, said her son tried to escape school but got his right-hand ring finger caught while climbing a fence, and it later had to be amputated.

She said Raheem has faced “racial and physical abuse” since he started secondary school at Abertillery Learning Community in South Wales en septembre.

<p>Raheem lost his finger after he was injured fleeing bullies, his mother says </p>

Raheem lost his finger after he was injured fleeing bullies, his mother says

The family have received a flood of support since Ms Bailey described her son’s plight in a GoFundMe page she set up last week to support his recovery, which hit more than £85,000 in donations by Sunday.

Anthony Josué, Jadon Sancho and footballer Ashley Williams have sent private messages of support through Ms Bailey’s Instagram.

Ms Bailey said Raheem also received messages from football manager Chris Hughton, expert Gary Neville and Olympic BMX biker Kye Whyte.

US basketball player Gerald Green, who forged a hugely successful career with nine fingers, has even set up a call to speak to Raheem directly, elle a ajouté.

<p>Anthony Joshua and a host of sports starts lent their support to the family  </p>

Anthony Joshua and a host of sports starts lent their support to the family

S'adressant au Pennsylvanie news agency on Sunday, elle a dit: “Here’s so many people just in different places that have been so generous, and I did not expect what has happened so I am truly, truly grateful for it.”

Describing what happened to Raheem, elle a dit: “While he was climbing over, he had a ring on, and his ring attached to the fence and it ripped but also broke his finger.

“Basically, he was running away because he was so tired of being picked on every day.”

Ms Bailey said her son was “truly brave” and had been “in utter agony”.

“The whole time [il était] telling me ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry mummy. I just couldn’t, I couldn’t stay there, like why does no-one like me

Essentiellement, he was running away because he was so tired of being picked on every day

Shantal Bailey

“These are things that my child, while being in pain, is constantly having to ask me, ‘mummy, why does no-one like me? Like why? Why did they pick on me?'"

On how he is doing now, elle a dit: “Occasionally, he’s feeling very down and I have to talk to him and make him understand that no matter what, I will be there.”

But she added that the support has “really put smiles on his face” and is “making him pick his head up”.

She said of the fundraising: “He has got ideas of how much it’s growing and he is really, really happy.”

<p>Surgeons tried for six hours to save Raheem’s finger but it was too late </p>

Surgeons tried for six hours to save Raheem’s finger but it was too late

She also said the messages he has received mean so much, as people tell him “how strong he is and that this does not define him”.

“It’s been amazing because it’s like another kind of boost, of ‘there you go, you see there is mean people but there’s also a lot of nice people’," elle a ajouté.

“I am truly, vraiment, truly grateful and if it can do anything by, vous connaissez, raising awareness for racism, bullies, peu importe.

“There’s so many people that get targeted for differences that they don’t have control over, whether or not it’s a disability, peu importe ce que c'est, it can be tackled, and so things like this does shed light on it.”

We condemn bullying and racial harassment in any form and expect allegations and incidents of bullying and racism to be fully investigated by schools

Welsh Government

Speaking about the wider issue of bullying and racism in schools, elle a dit: “Why should I send my child into school to be a punching bag?"

“I just don’t understand, something needs to be done, I think it needs a conversation to be had.”

Growing tearful, elle a dit: “It is difficult, as a mum, having to tell your child that people might not like you because of your skin – not because you’re mean, not because you’re horrible, but just because of the skin he was born into.”

The Welsh Government said: “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.”

Shantal Bailey (Pennsylvanie)
Shantal Bailey (Pennsylvanie)

A spokeswoman for Abertillery Learning Community told Wales Online: “We are currently working closely with Gwent Police and the local authority to establish the full details of the incident.

“The wellbeing and safety of our pupils and staff remains of paramount importance.”

A Gwent Police spokesman also told Wales Online: “We received a report of an incident at a school in Abertillery around 1pm on Wednesday, where an 11-year-old boy was injured.

“A multi-agency meeting has taken place and we’re working with the school as part of our ongoing inquiries.”

PA has contacted Gwent Police and Abertillery Learning Community.

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