Boy who lost finger fleeing bullies starts new life after ‘painful’ ordeal


A brave child who tragically lost his finger while running away from school bullies has moved on with his family following this terrible ordeal.

Shantal Bailey said her 11-year-old son Raheem was “constantly bullied” and forced to endure physical attacks at Abertillery Learning Community in Blaenau Gwent, Wales.

She claims he has experienced racism since joining the school in September last year and said it worsened when he was beaten on school grounds in May .

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The mother said Raheem desperately tried to escape them but seriously injured his right hand on the railings and had to have his finger amputated.

Raheem Bailey caught his finger running away from bullies

In a new interview with the BBC, Shantal said: “It seems he was constantly bullied… He was always at least insulted and mocked for his height.”

She added that the abuse was not always racist, but she claimed there had been “real racism”, including, she said, the use of the N-word.

“I don’t think he understood 100% what the N-word meant,” she said.

“Every day he had to get ready to come in because he knew he was going to be bullied… It’s painful, that a child almost has to get ready before entering a place that’s supposed to be safe and quiet.”

Bailey Family
Shantal has raised over £100,000 for a prosthetic finger

Shantal thinks it was telling that Raheem seemed relieved when she suggested they leave the area. In an interview with The Times, she said the family had moved to England.

Shantal said: “I understand that everyone’s home life isn’t great, so sometimes… They come to school and take it out. But it shouldn’t be the kid who comes to school. school and who behaves who feels the pressure.”

His fundraising campaign after the amputation raised £107,000 in donations for Raheem’s treatment. Shantal is now considering fitting a prosthesis for her son.

Gwent Police told the BBC their investigations into the incident were ongoing.

Raheem Bailey
Raheem suffered ‘appropriate racism’, Shantal says

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The school said “the well-being and safety of our students and staff remains of paramount importance”.

A spokesperson for Blaenau Gwent Council said: “The safety and well-being of all learners in the Abertillery learning community has always been and continues to be of the utmost importance.

“We continue to work with Gwent Police as part of their investigation into an alleged assault on a student at the secondary campus site.

“Abertillery Learning Community is unable to comment at this time due to the ongoing police investigation, but an update will be provided when the investigation is complete.”



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