Bullying is not a new problem, yet increased awareness has brought many more stories of bullying to light. This one, from across the pond, has a happy ending. A truck driver witnessed some classic bullying, but then he stepped in and took care of business.
The incident happened in Tipton, in the West Midlands. The driver, maneuvering his 44 ton tuck through congested traffic, saw a group of boys attacking one other boy. They’d beaten him, put him in a choke hold, and were trying to steal his bike.
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That didn’t sit well with Sean Swan. “The young guy was being held from behind his neck in a choke hold while another lad sucker punched him – he had no means of defending himself,” he said. “The third was trying to nick his bike. At first I thought they were just messing around but when the punch came I knew they weren’t.”
“I was thinking that if this happened to my boy when he was older I really hope someone would help him.”
“I don’t know whether it’s a Glaswegian thing or not, all I remember is not having the time to ring the police. I just sprinted 20 yards to help the young guy – it was the right thing to do,” said Swan, who has one son.
“I said to them ‘take your hands off, it’s three on one’ – it’s wrong. They were quite threatening, were swearing at me and asked why I was getting involved. I just gave them my best Glasgow bark.”
“The lad then attempted to get his bike back but ended up in the middle of them again so I grabbed him by the jumper and made sure he was stood behind me to keep him safe.”
“I was really disgusted and disappointed that people did nothing, they didn’t even dial 999 – shame on them.”
When the attack had ended, Swan took the boy back to his truck. “He was white and shaking – the colour had drained out of him. He took two punches and had been held in a choke hold – he was very thankful that I helped him,” Swan said.
“I left my details in case the police needed to speak to me and a female family friend arrived and took him to safety. I couldn’t have stood by and done nothing – it just seems to be the way I was brought up. My partner said I was lucky they didn’t have a knife. I said that even if they had I would have still done it.”
The police are now aware of the situation and are conducting their own inquiries.