Sunday 20 October 2019

Teen gang forces twigs down the throat of boy with special needs Newsdesk Newsdesk

Residents in Cork have reacted with horror after a video emerged on Facebook of a boy with special needs being forced to expose himself to a group of teens.

The video, which has since been removed from the social media site, showed four or five boys forcing twigs down the vulnerable child’s throat.

They then proceeded to further humiliate the boy by forcing him undo his trousers and expose himself.

The group, aged between 14-16 years-old, callously filmed their attack which took place in Carrigaline just outside Cork City. They later posted it to Facebook, where it was then shared among a number of groups.

A Garda spokesperson confirmed to that they are reviewing the circumstances of the case but said Gardai had received no official complaint regarding the attack.

Speaking to Openline on 96fm Cork radio, Karen O’ Mahony from the Autism parent’s group The Masquerade Ball said she had become aware of the incident after a “very distressed” parent contact her.

“I received a message from a very disturbed mother after she came across the post on Facebook in some teenage group,” she told the hosts Deirdre O'Shaughnessy and PJ Coogan.

“Since then we’ve been flooded by concerned parents asking ‘Why are we fighting for inclusion if these are the positions [vulnerable children with special needs] could be put in?”

“But we want to reassure parents that we need to keep going with this because what we’re fighting for is key to helping our children overcome these challenges, and learn the skills they need.”

Speaking of her concern over the incident, Ms O’ Mahony said should could not understand “something like this happening in this day and age.”

“It’s disgusting. It should not be something that is happening in society today. This poor lad is just trying to do his best to be part of society and this could have a huge impact on setting him back.”

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