A boy with autism has been attacked by bullies after falling behind his family during a walk home.
Romeo Smith, nine, was with his family as they returned home from a visit with his grandmother when he was confronted by older boys waving sticks, The Mirrorreports.
The incident happened at Mansfield in Nottinghamshire in the UK.
Romeo was left with a nail embedded in his head after being attacked by bullies. Image: The Mega Agency
Terrified of being attacked, Romeo climbed a tree to try and escape.
When his parents noticed he’d fallen behind, father Craig, 35, went to find him and bring him home.
It was then that one of the boys threw an eight-inch piece of wood with a nail protruding from it, embedding it in his skull.
“It was terrible, mother Natasha Smith, 30, told The Mirror. “He was sat there waiting with a plank of wood sticking out of his head, like something out of a horror film.”
Romeo told The Mirror the experience was “scary”.
“When they threw the plank I could feel it stick in the back of my head.”
His mother said it’s hard for Romeo to talk about his feelings due to his autism but she can tell that the experience affected him, although he has tried to open up about this.
“I thought the worst and thought that I was dying,” he said.
“I have no idea how long the bullying has been going on but it is worrying that they have done this in front of an adult,” Smith told The Mirror.
“You wonder what else they are capable of?”
The boy is now recovering at home.
Nottinghamshire Police are still searching for the offenders however told the parents due to their age, they are unlikely to be prosecuted.