An autistic boy has reportedly been left paralyzed after bullies forced him off a bridge by pelting him with rocks, ultimately causing him to fall onto the rocky bank 50 feet below him.
Joshua Davies was diagnosed with Asperger’s when he was 14. Davies, now 18, told family members that he and a friend were being chased by a gang of boys on August 17.
“Joshua and his friend were walking by the river, when they realized some boys were following them,” Davies’ stepfather, 35-year-old Michael Morgan, said.
After Davies and his friend reportedly heard shouts of, “there they are – let’s get them!” they climbed on to the steel supports of a bridge to escape the group of boys, who had also given Davies and his friend trouble in the past.
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“One of the stones hit Joshua on the shoulder, then another hit him on his heel and he lost his grip and fell,” Morgan said.
The Mirror reports that the teenager broke his arms, legs, feet and spine and has been told that he is unlikely to walk again. Davies is currently recovering in the University Hospital of Wales. He has undergone three operations, and will not be able to sit up for six weeks.
Davies’ family has said that a gang of boys has bullied him for the past five years, which has caused him to avoid certain parts of his local area. The family claims that the group had also attacked Davies earlier this summer after he refused to buy them alcohol.
Morgan, who believes the incident could have been prevented, noted that Davies had approached the police for help on more than 15 occasions.
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“Joshua reported having issues with local boys, but his problems were brushed under the carpet because they thought he was messing around,” Morgan said.
Two 15-year-olds and one sixteen-year-old have been arrested in connection with the incident.