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Autistic Boy Severely Beaten By 14-Year-Old Bully

| by Sean Kelly
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A 14-year-old Liberty, Missouri, teen reportedly admitted to brutally beating a 12-year-old with autism.

Destiny Kitchen said her son, Blake Kitchen, is lucky to be alive after an older boy brutally beat him in the cafeteria at Liberty Middle School in February, Fox 4 KC reported at the time.

According to Kitchen, she and her husband warned the school of the bully a month before the attack — sending the principal a letter that detailed the ongoing bullying that was occurring. Blake's older brother had also reportedly been bullied by the same boy who attacked Blake.

The incident occurred after Blake arrived at the cafeteria to eat breakfast. He went to sit at his normal seat, but another boy had reportedly moved his belongings from the spot. When Blake asked the boy to move from his seat, the bully stepped in and began beating him until he blacked out. He continued to attack him even after he was unconscious.

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“It makes me sad and angry to see him have that moment of terror,” Destiny told Fox 4 KC.

“Is your son going to make it?" Destiny added. "To listen to him cry and say, 'Mommy I'm going to die. Please don't let me die I'm not ready.' It could have been avoided."

Blake, who has Asperger’s Syndrome (a form of autism), spent four days in the hospital recovering from a jawline fracture, fractured skull and ear damage. He also began leaking spinal fluid as a result of the attack. 

In May, the bully admitted to a judge that he beat the 12-year-old, adding that he regretted his actions, KCTV noted at the time.

Gregory Culotta, the boy's attorney, also addressed the situation, according to KCTV:

“My client is very sorry about what happened and so is his family. We feel for the victim in this case. I do also want to say my client was also the victim of some bullying at the school. He made some reports for that.

“Understand that my client was a victim too as far as the bullying. He wishes he could take it back, but he can't. He is going to deal with the consequences and do the best he can when he goes to the division of youth services."

The judge said that the bully must get help and learn how to control his anger. The division of youth services was then put in charge of analyzing the 14-year-old and deciding on the best treatment for him.

Sources: KCTV, Fox 4 / Photo credit: Fox 4, KCTV