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Bullied Teenager Confronts Tormentors With Axe

Wednesday March 12 2014

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A BULLIED teenager who took an axe to a showdown with one of his tormentors ended up being assaulted with it.

The youth, from Athersley North, took the weapon to the pre-arranged fight but was disarmed and hit with its blunt end in the ribs.

Brian Bushell, defending at Barnsley Youth Court, said the fight was set up over the phone and the youngster was egged on by someone else to take the axe.

When the teenager turned up for the scrap, there were more people there than he expected.

Mr Bushell added: "The axe was brandished and taken from him. It was then used to assault him. He was taken to hospital but, apart from bruised ribs, there was nothing seriously wrong with him.

"He is a naive young lad who seems to have been bullied by a group."

The teenager's grandmother told the court he had been 'beaten senseless' about a fortnight before the incident.

The youngster admitted possessing an offensive weapon, was given a 12-month referral order and will be given a curfew which will be imposed by the youth offending team.

He was ordered to pay £85 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

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Reply Posted by Sad on Wednesday March 12 2014 at 16:07
What happened to the bullies that made the poor lads life a misery. Hope they are being dealt with accordingly!!

Reply Posted by LV on Wednesday March 12 2014 at 16:13
If he was beaten senseless a fortnight prior why didn't they phone the police?! Christ! And all in all what was he expecting to do with the axe if he hadn't been disarmed?! Just highlights how stupid people are these days!!! Victim or not.

Reply Posted by jean on Wednesday March 12 2014 at 16:17
as if poor lad has not suffered enough n gets more punish. yes hope the bullies get what they deserve which is more punishment than that poor young lad. wheres the justice if they dont

Reply Posted by s on Wednesday March 12 2014 at 16:58
I agree that the lad is foolish to take the axe to the fight, very foolish in fact.

The bullies need dealing with as well, they should be the ones who are ashamed of themselves.

Reply Posted by What on Wednesday March 12 2014 at 17:00
What point of giving the lad charges to pay....who does that punish the parents!!!

Reply Posted by lol on Wednesday March 12 2014 at 17:26
hahahahahaha EPIC FAIL!!!!!! lol

Reply Posted by Odd Bod on Wednesday March 12 2014 at 17:42
I think he was axing for trouble...

Reply Posted by lauren on Wednesday March 12 2014 at 17:44
Think there's a lot of unfairness in this article, yes the lad was stupid to brandish a weapon, he deserves a punishment for this silly act even though he is a victim but the lad or lads who were bullying him, what their punishment are they paying any fines to the victim very much doubt it cos the bullies will have flipped it round to make out go be the victims in this

Reply Posted by Chris on Wednesday March 12 2014 at 18:03
He did rate taking the ax just a shame he didn't get to use it BULLYS deserve everything

Reply Posted by anon on Wednesday March 12 2014 at 18:13
Chris, you are a moron

Reply Posted by Nigel on Wednesday March 12 2014 at 19:02
Thought Gordon was the moron

Reply Posted by Bob on Wednesday March 12 2014 at 19:12
Typical of the bellends that hang around Athersley. Unfortunately the real victim here has ended up in court, and the real aggressors have been taught that their actions have no repercussions. Personally I hope they piss the wrong person off one day, and end up feeling the business end of an axe! Bunch of wankers.

Reply Posted by timbuck too on Friday March 14 2014 at 09:49
athersley is full of knobs who think they hard 1 day they will get whats coming to them

Reply Posted by billyjoe on Wednesday March 12 2014 at 20:19
Bullies get their cumuppance in the end.

Reply Posted by #justsaying on Wednesday March 12 2014 at 20:20
Has everyone got tunnel vision and can only see what is being printed???? who's to say this lad wasn't the bully in the first place and he eventually got his comeuppance? If not two wrongs doesn't make a right he's got a light telling off really. It's a good job he didn't get to use the axe and end up killing someone because that would have been straight up murder as he went there with a weapon with intention.........he could have been doing bird for many years.......hopefully it's a lesson learnt for him. I say next time confront the so called bully when he/she's on their own.........you'll find out there not much of a bully then.

Reply Posted by Worried on Wednesday March 12 2014 at 21:05
What a shame that a lad is so frightened that he as to confront these bully's with an axe iit could have ended in a far worse outcome, what a society we have become when parents can't see this in there children and prevent it.

Reply Posted by Jimmy on Wednesday March 12 2014 at 22:21
Not denigrating what the lad may have went through before but he had a choice. This was a pre-arranged fight, he didn't have to go. He'd had one good hiding why did he go back for more? If he was attacked in the street fair enough but he made an appointment for his second kicking.

Reply Posted by sparks on Thursday March 13 2014 at 00:14
i agree that bullys need stopping but that does not give theladthe right totake an axe. if my boss at work bullys me then what do i do take a machette to work,where does it end

Reply Posted by Jason on Thursday March 13 2014 at 07:20
Sorry, but I think a lot of the comments on here show just how much of a complete lack of understanding people have on the psychological effect that bullying can have on a young person!
I would be very suprised if all involved don't go to Carlton Community College as the way they deal with bullying is to punish the victim by isolating them whilst allowing the bullies to carry on as normal....like putting the victims of crime in prison instead of the criminals!
Until the schools start dealing with bullying accordingly (and are empowered to do so) this kind of thing will only get worse. If a child is pushed to breaking point and feels like no one can help him, then it's all too plausible that he see's this kind of action as his only way of 'fixing' things.
If things get this bad for young children it is all too common for it to end with weapon attacks on the bullies or the bullied taking their own lives!
Rather than punishing the lad, this needed him being given help and the situation being looked at how it actually was allowed to escalate to this without being dealt with prior.

Reply Posted by patty on Thursday March 13 2014 at 10:11
£15 victim surcharge.. im having difficulty working out who the victim was in this case. Whilst not condoning taking a weapon to the fight it sounds like the only person it was used on was the "victim" who was 'beaten senseless' a fortnight before. Bullying needs stamping out, makes me laugh when schools say they have zero tolerance on bullying. After being bullied for months and months at school the only way it stopped for my daughter was to take her out of school and transfer her miles away, that was 8 yrs ago. Its seems like nothing has been learned.

Reply Posted by rach on Saturday March 15 2014 at 02:24
Why is it that these spineless bullies get away with it everytime.Drive thier victim to get an axe and then hes tge obe in trouble and theyre the victims.I hate bullies and he did chuffing right !!

Reply Posted by Justice on Sunday March 16 2014 at 13:41
I often hear the bullies war cry in pubs: Come outside you coward and fight all 20 of us coz we're hard! Bullies are cowards - FACT! But in numbers, they are dangerous - Their Stupidity is magnified by the number of them present.

Question: What do you call a group of bullies?
Answer: A thicket!