A schoolboy from Nuneaton, England, claims he has been brutally attacked because of his bisexuality.
The teenager and his family, who cannot be named for legal reasons, say they feel they have been let down by the justice system.
A teenage boy from Coventry and another from Nuneaton, who cannot be identified, both pleaded guilty to assault. They were spared jail, were given referral orders and made to pay compensation.
‘Right up until two days before the court date we were told they were going to be done for hate crime and that at least one of them should have got a prison sentence. Instead they both practically got away with it,’ the boy’s mum told www.coventrytelegraph.net.
The schoolboy feels let down
The boy said local authorities failed him.
‘I feel like no one did their jobs properly because, if they did, one of them would be in jail,’ he said.
‘They attacked me because I am bisexual, what happened has changed my life, it has made me constantly look over my back.’
He also said he was overwhelmed by the response from the local community.
‘People I didn’t even know donated money for me, none of us could believe it,’ he said.
The victim’s mother described the vicious attack on the ground of her son’s bisexuality.
‘He had been out with friends all day, they were approached by one of them who said: “what you hanging round with him for, you do know he is bi”. Then another said, “Is this right?” and attacked him. Another of them said “I can’t believe you hit him because he is gay” but one of them said “I haven’t got a problem with gay people but I have got a problem with greedy bis like him,”‘ she said.
She added: ‘They kicked him on the floor, dragged him into a wooded area and attacked him again.’
The attackers also threatened the boy to stop him from telling the truth to the police.
‘They told him to tell people he was jumped by three lads in balaclavas.’
The schoolboy told the truth when he got to the hospital.
‘I didn’t even recognize him, you could see a trainer mark on his face. I went into shock, I wanted to cry but I couldn’t,’ his mother also said.
The impact of the attack has been so severe that the family has now moved out of Nuneaton.
A spokesperson for Warwickshire Police Force said in a statement: ‘We can confirm it was thoroughly investigated as a hate crime and charged as a hate aggravated crime.’