Police probe 'assault' after autistic teen left with black eye at Doncaster school

Police are probing an alleged assault on an autistic teenager after he was left with a black eye at a Doncaster school.

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 12:24 pm
Leo Bates suffered facial injuries in the alleged assault.

Leo Bates, 14, is recovering from facial injuries after his mum says he was attacked by an older child at Milton School in Swinton last month.

Now police say they are working with the families of both boys to determine what happened.

Mum Linzi Bates, 38, of Wath-upon-Dearne, said: “My son got assaulted and he ended up in hospital with his injuries.

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“He’s been bullied now for a few months and this time he’s been hit in the face, banged his head on the ground and he was left unconscious.

“He’s been sleeping in my bed and having nightmares since it happened - he’s scared to go back to school.

“He was in the hospital for six-and-a-half hours.”

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police confirmed it was investigating and said: “We received a call at 1.15pm on April 22 from Yorkshire Ambulance Service alerting us to an assault that had taken place on Storey Street. It is alleged that a 15-year-old boy assaulted a 14 year-old boy.

“The 14-year-old boy was taken to hospital, his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

“Officers are working alongside the parents of the boys to conduct their enquiries.”

Milton School is a special school, situated in Storey Street, Swinton and provides education for young people aged 5-16 years with autistic spectrum conditions and communication and interaction difficulties.

We have contacted the school for comment.