Somerset

Yeovil bullying video dad 'overwhelmed' by response

Toby, 12, being attacked in Yeovil
Image caption The video shows Toby getting punched and kicked to the ground in a park in Yeovil

A father who posted a video online of his son being attacked to raise awareness of bullying said he has been "overwhelmed" by the response.

The footage, showing Simon McManus' son Toby, 12, being kicked and punched by a group of boys, was initially uploaded to social media app Snapchat.

Mr McManus copied the footage and shared it on Facebook, where it was viewed more than 2m times in two days.

Avon and Somerset Police said it was now investigating.

Mr McManus said several onlookers filmed the assault when Toby was set upon in the park in Yeovil, Somerset.

Image caption The footage was put on Snapchat and copied to Facebook by the boy's father Simon McManus to raise awareness of bullying
Media playback is unsupported on your device
Media captionToby said he was "staying strong" after the assault

Mr McManus said he had been "overwhelmed" by the response from "everyone who watched it".

"Two million people watched my son being beaten by some youths who felt that just knocking him to the ground wasn't quite enough, they had to continue to kick and stamp on him whilst down on the ground in pain," he said.

He said he had received "hundreds and hundreds of messages of kindness" for Toby and thanked his family, friends, his son's school and the police.

"My son now has most of his confidence back that he lost when he was beaten and humiliated by these individuals," he said.

"He is able now, to walk with his head held high knowing that there are far more decent, genuine people out there who really do care than there are low-lifes."

Avon and Somerset Police has asked people not to share the video further on social media because of the ages of those involved.

"We have received an allegation of assault and we are investigating," a force spokesman said.

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites