More than £66,000 donated to Black boy, 11, who lost finger while fleeing ‘bullies’

More than £66,000 donated to Black boy, 11, who lost finger while fleeing ‘bullies’
The boy’s mother set up a GoFundMe page with a target of £10,000 to crowdfund the purchase of a prosthetic finger for her son

More than £66,000 has been raised to help a Swart boy who had to have his finger amputated after suffering an besering while running away from school “bullies”.

Raheem Bailey, 11, was attacked, geslaan, kicked and pushed to the ground by a group of children during morning break time his school Abertillery, Wallis, syne ma Shantal Bailey said.

Ms Bailey said her son tried to escape but got his finger caught while climbing a fence, breaking it.

Despite surgeons spending six hours trying to save his finger, they were left with no choice but to amputate it.

Raheem’s mother recounted her son’s plight on a GoFundMe-bladsy with a target of £10,000, which she set up to crowdfund for a personalised prosthetic finger for her son.

As of Saturday evening, more than £66,000 had been donated and the amount was continuing to rise.

In a message on the page, Ms Bailey wrote: “I’m fundraising to get my 11-year-old son, Raheem Bailey, a prosthetic finger and any additional cost to get him on the road to recovery.

“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 mentioned a few incidents of people being ‘mean to him’ recently, I did not realise the extent of what he was going through until an incident this week.”

<p>The money raised will be used to pay for a prosthetic finger </bl>

The money raised will be used to pay for a prosthetic finger

She said that as he tried to escape the school grounds after being targeted, he tried to climb a fence.

“His finger got caught and attached to it, causing the skin to strip and the finger to break in half," sy het gese.

“After six hours of surgery to save it, which was ultimately unsuccessful, his finger had to be amputated.”

Ms Bailey said she had contacted the school, Abertillery Learning Community, on Monday to raise concerns about Raheem being bullied and she was reassured everything would be handled by the Tuesday morning.

'n Woordvoerder van Abertillery Learning Community gesê: “Ons werk tans nou saam met Gwent-polisie en die plaaslike owerheid om die volle besonderhede van die voorval vas te stel.

“Die welstand en veiligheid van ons leerlinge en personeel bly van kardinale belang. Ons sal nie op hierdie stadium verder kommentaar lewer nie.”

Die Gwent-polisie het bevestig hulle kyk na die voorval.

"'n Multi-agentskap vergadering het plaasgevind en ons werk saam met die skool as deel van ons deurlopende navrae,” het 'n woordvoerder gesê Die Onafhanklike.

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