Bullied on Facebook, Oz teen jumps on rail track

Last Updated: Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 13:42

Melbourne: A 16-year-old Australian boy jumped onto a railway track in an `absolute act of desperation` after he was bullied in a vicious Facebook campaign for several months.
Another boy, aged 17, saved the boy`s life as he pulled him out of the tracks at the Gardenvale railway station in Melbourne`s suburb Brighton, the boy`s mother said.

The boy`s mother, known only by her first name Karen, told a radio programme Thursday that her son had been the target of a cyber and school bullying campaign over the past several months, Herald Sun reported.

Karen said her son had walked his girlfriend to the railway station to see her safely onto a city-bound train, when his assailants attacked him.

`They held his girlfriend back, while the assailant went for my son. He was hit so he fell to the ground and he was kicked multiple times in the back,` she said.

While at least 20 people witnessed the attack, they just stood by and did nothing except one yelled out `someone please help him`.

As the boy continued to be hit repeatedly, he leapt onto the railway tracks, before another boy, named Sam Porter rushed to his aid from the other side of the platform.

`I wasn`t prepared to just stand by while someone was bashed. I`ve been brought up better than that, and I`m surprised that no one else jumped in. I`m disappointed, in fact,` Porter was quoted as saying.

Karen said her son`s act was `an absolute act of desperation and humiliation` as it happened in front of so many people.

The boy was taunted and `false rumours and comments` were posted against him on Facebook for the past several months, she said.


First Published: Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 13:42

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