The distressed mother of a 15-year-old schoolboy who was beaten up by a 'gang' of pupils and adults, has expressed her fears for the safety of young people in Enniskillen.
The agonised mother told the Herald of her son's daily dreaded bus journey home following two attacks last week.
The schoolboy's sister witnessed what is thought to be a 'happy slapping' attack on her brother and an attack on her boyfriend who was slashed across the forhead and is now scarred for life after going to his assistance.
The mother of a 15-year old boy who attends a school in Enniskillen told the 'Herald' that her son, and his sister who goes to the same school, dreaded the journey to their rural home following two attacks last week at Enniskillen Ulsterbus depot which, she said, had left her daughter traumatised, her daughter's boyfriend scarred for life, and her son with a suspected broken nose, and his head black and blue from bruising.
She said her daughter's boyfriend had sustained a slash to his forehead last Friday when he had tried to intervene to prevent her son being attacked for the second successive day.
A PSNI spokeswoman said Police were aware of both incidents and were following a definite line of inquiry.
On the first occasion, the woman said, her son was set upon by pupils from another school and, by a 28-year old who, she added, is sometimes in the bus depot between 3.15 and 4pm when rural pupils from all of the schools in Enniskillen congregate for their bus home.
The mother, who asked not to be identified to protect her children, alleged that this man 'is thought to all to be the instigator of severe violent attacks on simply anyone, no matter their age'.
Police officers were reportedly present at the depot on Monday but, yesterday, there was no sign of them nor was there any hint of friction involving pupils or older people.
The Principal of the Erne Integrated College,
, said the 15-year old boy had made very positive progress since he came to the school, and his sister, 'a really nice girl, and very sensitive'.
"Her brother got an awful lot of real nasty stuff on his Bebo (home computer page). He takes all this to heart and his mother was concerned he would get involved in some sort of retribution".
It does seem, from enquiries we made, that attacks such as those last week, take place from time to time, with Friday being a preferred day for misbehaviour, usually sparked off by pupils indulging in what's known as, 'happy slapping', taking pictures on their mobile phones of others being smacked.
However, it appears that, on some occasions, they do at the behest of older men who, according to some people, are drug pushers.
"On Friday afternoon, it's unbelievable", said one source. "There are an awful lot of these older ones about. A few weeks ago, I reported a really nasty head-butting incident at the Diamond on a Portora student. There were older ones, very well-dressed hanging about and pupils were reporting back to them and they were recording the attack on their mobile phones.
"It used to be at Quay Lane. Two years ago, there was a lot of nasty stuff going on, and then it subsided. Sometimes you would say it was sectarian, but it isn't really. I think it all comes from the fact that kids in this part of the world wear school uniforms. It's all about territory".
One other Principal of an Enniskillen post-primary school told the 'Herald' that if he was made aware that any of his pupils were involved in any such behaviour as occurred last week at Enniskillen bus depot, 'I would take it very seriously and deal with it'.
SCHOOLBOY BEATEN BY 'GANG'
Publication Fermanagh Herald
Date October 18, 2006
BY MICHAEL BRESLIN
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