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Inverness disabled teen was attacked by bullies


By Louise Glen

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Kevin MacDonald with mum Cath..Kevin has been putting up with bullies..Picture: Gary Anthony..
Kevin MacDonald with mum Cath..Kevin has been putting up with bullies..Picture: Gary Anthony..

Police are investigating an attack on a disabled Inverness teenager.

Kevin MacDonald (17), who lives with Down’s syndrome, was attacked while out playing on his bike.

And his furious mum Cath revealed that her son has been a victim of a five-year bullying campaign but this was the final straw,

Mrs MacDonald (41), of Wester Inshes Place, said Kevin was with other neighbourhood youngsters when the attack happened.

She and her son have lived in Inverness for five years but she finally called the police after Kevin was hit, kicked and shouted at.

She said: “It is heartbreaking. Kevin would not harm anyone, or say unkind things. After he was attacked he has been worried that he did something wrong and is worried that the police will come to the house and lock him up.

Kevin MacDonald with mum Cath..Kevin has been putting up with bullies..Picture: Gary Anthony..
Kevin MacDonald with mum Cath..Kevin has been putting up with bullies..Picture: Gary Anthony..

“It is just me and Kevin, and he is my world. He loves being out on his bike.”

She continued: “I went out to get Kevin, as I always do at 8.30pm, and I just found him at the Co-op at Wester Inshes to be told a group of boys were kicking and hitting him, and trying to damage his bike.

“The staff came out of the Co-op to help me. Kevin was in bits.”

Kevin is a popular student at Drummond School and his mum said: “It’s not fair to pick on a disabled kid. I cannot imagine what they were thinking.

“We are used to people calling Kevin names. But they have gone too far this time. He is so worried that he will not have friends.

“He keeps saying ‘I am sorry mum’ and he is not sleeping well since it happened. I am trying to explain to him that he has not done anything wrong.

“We need to get it into kids’ heads that everyone is the same. We all have troubles and worries in life – but there is no-one who has the right to kick and hit my boy in the street. Life is hard enough.”

A police spokeswoman said it was investigating the incident.

She said: “Around 9.20pm on Thursday, August 27, police received a report of a 17-year-old male assaulted earlier in the evening on Wester Inshes Place, Inverness.

“He did not require any medical treatment.

“Our investigation is ongoing and anyone with any information should contact Inverness Police Office through 101 quoting reference number 3510 of 27 August.”

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