Father pulls his autistic son, 13, out of school after the teenager is ‘stamped on’ by gang of fellow pupils in an attack that left him in hospital
- Dominic Mizon was ‘left a mess’ after he was attacked in Burton, Staffordshire
- His father Sean Mizon said the teenager was covered in bruises after the attack
- Academy staff said the attack was ‘provoked through Dominic’s poor behaviour’
A worried father has pulled his autistic son out of school after a gang of fellow pupils allegedly ‘stamped on him’ and put in hospital in a savage attack.
Dominic Mizon, 13, was ‘left a mess’ when he was attacked at The de Ferrers Academy in Burton, Staffordshire.
The teenager was left with bruises to his ribs, neck and back and needed an X-ray on his injured face.
His father, Sean Mizon, said he will not be going back to school – while staff at the academy said the attack was ‘provoked through Dominic’s own poor behaviour.
Mr Mizon, 50, said: ‘I got a call from my partner to say that Dominic needed picking up and had to go to the hospital because he had been beaten up at school.
Injuries: Teenager Dominic Mizon was left with bruises to his face (above) as well as injuries to his ribs, neck and back after an attack by fellow pupils
‘His face was a mess and there was a foot mark where somebody stamped on his it. He had to have an X-ray and was covered in bruises. It was awful.’
Mr Mizon, who is also father to Zoe, 26, and Kirsty, 22, said the attack has made him nervous about sending Dominic to school.
He said: ‘He gets anxiety and I get it too sending him to school. It is very traumatic for him.
‘He gets a bad stomach on a Sunday and getting him out of bed is a nightmare.
‘Because he is autistic he doesn’t blend well and he spends a lot of time locked in his bedroom with his computer.
‘That is how he likes it because he doesn’t get judged when he is on his computer – it’s sad.
‘It is awful sitting downstairs when he is upstairs by himself. Every time he is quiet I am worried he has done something to himself and when he answers it is such a relief.
‘He’s my lad and I am passionate about getting this sorted. It is so scary – I don’t want to have to go to my son’s funeral.’
Mr Mizon, a peer mentor at mental health charity The Eaton Foundation, accepts his son has himself at times been violent and has been suspended several times.
The schoolbody was ‘left a mess’ when he was attacked at The de Ferrers Academy (pictured) in Burton, Staffordshire
He said the alleged assault happened at de Ferrers on Thursday, July 4.
A spokesman for The de Ferrers Academy said: ‘Staff at The de Ferrers Academy go to incredible lengths to look after the pupils in their care, including Dominic.
‘He continually makes poor behaviour choices, despite all of the support and advice given to him.
‘Autism experts in the field have concluded that his condition is not the driver for his behaviour choices.
‘Whilst we don’t wish to go into too much detail in order to protect the child, in his short time here he has had several exclusions from school.
‘The fact he is still a pupil at The de Ferrers Academy is a reflection of how hard staff are working with him to make the right choices and how understanding they have been.
‘His exclusions have been for a variety of things, including acts of physical violence.
‘Again, without wishing to go into detail for Dominic’s own benefit, the recent assault on him was entirely avoidable and provoked through Dominic’s own poor behaviour.
‘Be that as it may, the pupils involved in this were appropriately sanctioned through either exclusion or isolation.
‘It has been made clear to these pupils that responding physically is not a wise choice, even in the face of extreme provocation.
‘Staff at The de Ferrers Academy will continue to work hard with both the parents and Dominic whilst he is in our care.’