Mum claims son has been beaten up for four years at school for being English as cops investigate hate crime
The 11-year-old has suffered brutal bullying, enduring punches and name calling spanning years, his mum has alleged
A mum has expressed her outrage claiming her son sustained serious injuries from bullying at a Welsh school "because he's English".
Kelly Wood, from Swansea, said other school kids hurl vicious insults at her 11-year-old son, Liam, over the fact he is English and overweight.
Liam allegedly endured crippling bullying for more than four years, with children hitting and punching him, Wales Online reports.
The young boy is currently in his final year at primary school, and used to be the "happiest boy ever" prior to the intensifying bullying, his mum added.
In recent months, the year six pupil has become worryingly anxious and stressed, returning home "black and blue" from being attacked.
Ms Wood alleged her son has endured a wave of abuse including "English p****", "English idiot" and "fat".
She said: "My son has been severely bullied for four years. He's been beaten black and blue, he's been pinned down by two boys and kicked in the private area, it's terrible.
"They call him English p**** and English idiot - and he's picked on for his dad not having a job and being disabled.
“I've had to pay £30 a week for counselling [for him], Liam used to say he didn't want to be here anymore."
The seriousness of the situation escalated in 2017 when Liam was rushed to hospital after his head was "split open" in an aggressive altercation with another child.
Ms Wood added how bullies allegedly took turns to "batter him" and he had been "piled on by seven boys".
Fearing the school aren't taken the incidents seriously enough, Ms Wood reported the bulling to South Wales Police.
Officers at the force have confirmed they are investigating allegations of bullying and hate crime.
South Wales Police Neighbourhood Inspector Simon Trick said: “We are investigating allegations of bullying and hate crime against a 11-year-old boy from the Gowerton area. Tackling hate crime is a priority for South Wales Police. Hate crime is totally unacceptable, and we take it extremely seriously. We are committed to community cohesion and supporting the diverse communities we serve.
"The definition of hate crime is a crime that the victim or anyone else perceives to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards any aspect of a person’s identity.
"It can manifest itself in many forms including physical assault, verbal abuse, online bullying or harassment, and in many other criminal offences.
"South Wales Police is committed to protecting our communities and safeguarding those who are vulnerable. Anyone who is a victim of hate crime or witnesses a hate related incident should come forward and report. It is through reporting we can take action against perpetrators and provide victims with the support they need.
"Anyone who suffers a hate crime should report it to the police. There are a number of ways members of the public can contact the police: - In an emergency always dial 999 - Report non-emergency matters online through the South Wales Police website or True Vision.
"There are number of support agencies to help people who have become victims of hate crime, they are: - South Wales Police Victim Focus, Victim Support/Victim Support Wales."