Boy, 11, tried to kill himself after being hit with metal pole by cruel bullies

A schoolboy tried to take his own life after he was struck with a metal pole 12 times by sick bullies.

Jake Warfield, who was just 11-years-old when the attack took place, was left scarred for life and suffered from PTSD.

The teenager from Staffordshire was left with serious injuries to his face, head, arms knees and shoulder.

Even though the bullies were expelled, the attack has left a lasting impact on Jake, now 14, who was out of school for three months.

Now his mother has joined a campaign to change laws surrounding bullying in the hope of saving young lives.

She told Derbyshire Live :"It was back in December 2016 when I got the call that Jake had been hurt.

She said: "He had been dealing with bullies for a few months and I was getting to the point where I didn’t want him to even go to school.

"It was the last day of term. When I got to the school and saw him he burst into tears and I did too.

"A group of boys had attacked him in school and he had blood pouring underneath his eye.

"He was hit with a metal bar which had a hook on the end of it and he was struck 12 times. His head was physically misshapen. He was inconsolable.

"He had PTSD and a mental breakdown and was off school for three months. I wasn't letting him go back there.

"He tried to kill himself when he was 11. He was reliving it in his sleep, crying and begging for help – it was just heartbreaking to see.

"Jake is autistic, so it is hard for him to communicate the way he is feeling, but after two years of counseling he is still not right.

"He has really bad anxiety and he is scarred for life, with scars on his face, shoulder and knee."

Diane said it "broke her" watching her son go through it and it has had an impact on how Jake sees the world.

She said: "It was horrible for me as his mum. It broke me. He can’t go out on the streets on his own because he doesn’t feel safe unless he is with someone.

"We can’t go on holiday because he can’t deal with groups of people. He is scared, absolutely petrified and he will never be the same. This is what he has been left with."

Diane, who also has three other children, is now joining other parents of children who have experienced bullying to share Jake's story in the hope of changing laws about bullying.

She said: "I will be speaking at the event and telling Jake’s story. It was nearly three years ago, but it has changed our lives compeltely.

"We want to try and get some laws changed to stop bullying because it needs to stop.

"It is still going on in schools everywhere up and down the country and we want to stop others from going through what we have been through.

"People are taking their lives because of bullies. It is not acceptable.

"It is unbelievable what bullying has done to Jake."


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