AN autistic schoolboy who was beaten with a metal bar by a gang of evil bullies later tried to kill himself, his heartbroken mum has revealed.
Jake Warfield was just 11 when he was beaten by the bullies at school, which left him with serious injuries to his face, head, arms, knees and shoulder.
Now, three years since the horrifying attack, Jake's mum Diane is leading a campaign to toughen up the laws on bullying in schools.
Jake, now 14, was brutally attacked in December 2016, on the last day of the school term before he was due to break up for the Christmas holidays.
Recalling the ordeal at The de Ferrers Academy, Diane said: "A group of boys had attacked him in school and he had blood pouring underneath his eye.
"He was hit with a metal bar which had a hook on the end of it and he was struck 12 times. His head was physically misshapen. He was inconsolable."
The bullies were expelled but the terrifying incident had a lasting impact on Jake.
Mum-of-three Diane told Derbyshire Live: "He had PTSD and a mental breakdown and was off school for three months. I wasn't letting him go back there.
"He tried to kill himself when he was 11. He was reliving it in his sleep, crying and begging for help - it was just heartbreaking to see.
"Jake is autistic, so it is hard for him to communicate the way he is feeling, but after two years of counselling he is still not right.
"He has really bad anxiety and he is scarred for life, with scars on his face, shoulder and knee".
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Diane is now joining other parents of kids who have been bullied to try and toughen up the laws in schools.
The campaign will be launched on October 25 by Jason Barnett, an advocate for vulnerable children and a former teacher.
Diane said: "I will be speaking at the event and telling Jake's story. It was nearly three years ago, but it has changed our lives completely.
"[Bullying] is still going on in schools everywhere up and down the country and we want to stop others from going through what we have been through.
"People are taking their lives because of bullies. It is not acceptable. It is unbelievable what bullying has done to Jake".
A spokesman for The de Ferrers Academy said: "All bullying incidents are recorded and reported to the local governing body.
"Our anti-bullying policy, which is updated annually, includes a list of proactive strategies taken by staff and students to mitigate any aspects of bullying that may occur.
"The policy also indicates that any proven forms of bullying will lead to an appropriate sanction, including in extreme cases, permanent exclusion, as was the case in Jake's incident.
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"It is deeply regrettable that this incident happened. Support was put into place to support Jake in his transition to his new school and we are so sorry that he has been unwell.
"The de Ferrers Academy supports anti-bullying initiatives and we wish Jake and his family great success with their work in this regard".
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123, or visit Mind’s website.