Keira Smith with her son Jai Russell 11, who speaks out after being bullied and beaten up.
Keira Smith with her son Jai Russell 11, who speaks out after being bullied and beaten up.

“He was coughing up blood and sobbing hysterically''

BULLIES are accused of filming a vicious beating they rained down on a young Townsville boy.

Jai Russell, 11, said he was attacked on Monday about 1pm after he received a message from people he thought were friends.

He went to a park near to his Kirwan home to meet with them when things turned ugly.

The Year 7 student said the group of mostly older girls asked if he was going to "mix it", a reference to fighting.

He was then set upon by the group without warning. He was punched in the back of the head and when he dropped to the ground he was punched and kicked multiple times.

His mother Keira Smith said when he returned home he could barely breathe, speak or walk.

"He was coughing up blood and sobbing hysterically," she said.

Jai was taken by ambulance to Townsville Hospital for treatment.

"People need to stop bullying," Jai said. "Not just here but right across Australia."

Ms Smith said she was heartbroken and hurt by the attack and especially incensed that the bullies had filmed the incident and posted it to social media.

"It made me feel sick," she said. "I haven't seen the footage and there's a part of me that doesn't want to see it.

"From what I've heard they posted it on Instagram and Snapchat but it's since been deleted."

Ms Smith said she was disappointed none of the group attempted to rein in the attack.

"They all just laughed," she said. Her message for the community: "Stop bullying. It's ­unacceptable in every way, shape or form.

"People say things to me that I don't like but I don't set them up to beat them up down the park."

Townsville Police Acting detective Inspector Dave Miles did not comment specifically on the case but said police were moving against bullying by engaging with students at local schools.

He warned anyone filming or taking part in an assault could face serious ­charges.



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