WARNING: Contains graphic images.
A gang of violent bullies attacked a nine-year-old autistic boy with a plank of wood, wedging the weapon into his skull with a nail.
Romeo Smith, nine, from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, was on his way home from visiting his grandma on Sunday when the group of vicious bullies trapped him in a tree and threw a plank of wood at him as he made his escape.
The plank had a large, dirty nail protruding from it, which stuck into Romeo’s skull an inch deep upon impact.
Romeo’s mother Natasha Smith, 30, was walking home with her son and three other children after visiting their grandma’s house nearby when Romeo was targeted.
Natasha explained that Romeo had ‘lagged behind’ – as was common for the youngster due to his autism – and the family only realised he was missing upon their arrival home, a short distance away.
Immediately, Romeo’s father, Craig, 35, went searching for the boy and found him stuck up a tree and being taunted with cruel names by the depraved yobs.
As the pair left the vicious scene, one boy lobbed the offensive weapon at Romeo’s head.
The nine-year-old Chelsea fan was taken to Manfield King’s Mill Hospital where doctors gave him morphine and removed the nail which had bent as it hit his skull.
Romeo is now on a course of antibiotics as the nail was filthy and ‘covered in bugs’, according to Natasha.
The upset mother concluded:
If I could speak to the boys responsible I would tell them to stop bullying others.
I would tell them to stop the name calling and the violence. I don’t want this to happen to another child.
The brave young man is making a full recovery, and we can only hope the boys who did this to him are brought to justice.