Friday 19 January 2018

Father of bullied boy (14) with special needs who was forced to eat twigs says 'big thank you' to public for support

Boy invited to Britain, Disneyland, and Aras an Uachtaran

Liam Davin whose 14 year old son with autism was attacked by a group of teens in Carrigaline, Cork
Liam Davin whose 14 year old son with autism was attacked by a group of teens in Carrigaline, Cork Newsdesk Newsdesk

An Irish father whose special needs son was recently targeted by teen bullies has said he has been overwhelmed by the support from the public since the incident.

Cork dad Liam Davin thanked people for their support after his son was forced to eat twigs by bullies who tehn forced him to expose himself and posted video footage of the incident on social media.

Mr Davin told the Irish Examiner today that members of the public sent Easter eggs and football cards to the family’s local shop.

Topps, the manufacturer of Match Attax cards, have contacted the Davin family to offer them a trip to Britain.

Mr Davin’s son has also been invited to join the Cork City Hospitals Children’s Club on its annual trip to Disneyland Paris.

“The local shop became a focal point for people’s outpouring of sympathy. All over the country, day after day, they took in deliveries of Easter eggs and Match Attax packs for my son. It’s been absolutely fantastic,” Mr Davin told the Irish Examiner.

“I just want to say a big thanks from the bottom of my heart, on behalf of myself and my family. We are so grateful for your kindness.”

President Michael D Higgins invited the family to meet him in Aras an Uachtarain, while Children’s Minister James Reilly also offered the family his support.

“[Mr Reilly] just wanted to speak to me... as one father speaking to another.”

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