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.