A 12-year-old boy from East London was rushed to A&E with internal injuries after claims he was attacked by bullies at school last month. The boy, who will remain anonymous, is a Year Eight pupil at Langdon Park School in Poplar, Tower Hamlets, where the terrifying incident allegedly took place.
The boy said the incident occurred on the morning of April 20, 2022. The victim claims he was waiting to go into a music lesson when two “much larger” boys cornered him. One boy grabbed him by the neck, pushed him to the ground and held him down, while the other kneed him forcefully in the groin with “all his strength,” the 12-year-old claims.
According to the victim, he was in excruciating pain throughout the day, and was forced to lie down on a classroom table many times during a lesson. He claims that no member of staff asked him if he was okay, despite claims he was visibly in pain.
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The boy’s mother spoke to MyLondon about the ordeal. “He did tell his friend that he was in pain, but the teacher kept on telling him to sit up,” she said. “As soon as I picked him up at the school gates, I was shocked.”
She explained that her son did not initially tell her his pain was a result of an attack, because he was embarrassed about the location of the injury. However, she says that the “agony” worsened after he arrived home from school – he was having trouble sleeping and began vomiting.
Shortly after he was rushed to hospital, the 12-year-old was forced to undergo a two-hour operation under general anaesthetic to treat testicular torsion and bilateral orchidopexy. This occurs when a testicle rotates, twisting the spermatic cord that brings blood to the scrotum. The reduced blood flow causes sudden and severe pain and swelling.
“The torsion is when it’s had some trauma, it’s been hit – so it’s come off and twisted,” his mother explained. “[His testicle] twisted three times, where the blood flow stopped. It was dead, but the doctors were able to save it.”
The school boy’s mother said that her son received a number of stitches and has still not fully recovered from the invasive surgery. Aside from the trauma of watching her son undergo emergency surgery, she says that his family have also been left disappointed by the response of Langdon Park School.
“I’ve submitted the formal complaint. They called me in for a meeting twice, but I was shocked by their response. They said no action is being taken, because he didn’t tell a teacher,” his mother claimed.
“He didn’t tell a teacher because he was embarrassed. They said they didn’t notice he was in pain, and they didn’t notice anything different about him […] All they said was that there was no evidence that my son was hurt or that this took place at school.” The boy’s mother also says that she is in the process of having her son moved to a different school. She added: “Someone is going to get killed in that school next, they way they’re carrying on.”
MyLondon contacted Langdon Park School for their response. Headteacher Nicholas Langham said: “As a school we take all incidents seriously and all complaints are dealt with. We follow both school complaints and safeguarding procedures. As a school we do not comment on individual cases.”
The Metropolitan Police said: “Police were called on Saturday, April 23 to a report of an assault said to have taken place on April 20 at a school in Poplar, E14. It was alleged that a boy, aged 12, was assaulted and required hospital treatment. An investigation is ongoing; no arrests have been made.”
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