Footage from June 7 of two young girls beating up a boy after he stood up for his bullied autistic friend has shocked viewers worldwide (video below).
Jake Andrews, 14, intervened on behalf on the boy when the girls, believed to be 14 or 15, began brutally punching and kicking him, the Daily Mail reports.
“F****** hit him,” one of the girls screams before attacking Jake, kicking him in the face.
Soon, the girls start rummaging through the boy’s pockets, snatching his phone away from him.
"Why are you touching my phone?” he asked.
“Because you're f****** videoing me. Move it from my face,” one of the girls says.
“F****** hit me again and watch me get you killed,” she screams as she throws him over a hedge.
“Yeah, cause I definitely hit you, didn't I?” he responds, now bruised and wearing only one shoe.
Jake was left with scratches and marks on his forehead, as well as a sore jaw and headache, while both the girls have been expelled from school.
His mother, 49-year-old Claire, was upset but praised her son for his admirable behavior.
“As I [mom] I just could not watch it. I saw the first kick and I haven't been able to see the rest of it,” she said. ”I think he put it on Facebook because he wanted to get the message out there that violent [behavior] was just not acceptable. We brought him up not to hit girls and the footage really shows that.”
“It has been a very stressful time for us all and we are proud of him,” she continued.
Investigators say they are looking into the incident but have since removed the video from Facebook.
"We're taking steps to ensure this video is removed from social media and would ask users to refrain from leaving abusive comments, as any messages considered to be of a threatening nature will be investigated,” a police spokesperson said.
And this is just one of many bullying cases schools have seen.
“Approximately 160,000 teens reportedly skip school every day because they are bullied, and 1 in 10 teens drops out of school due to repeated bullying. 83 percent of girls, and 79 percent of boys report being bullied either in school or online,” explains NoBullying.com.