Sixth form pupil talks of horror attack

A SIXTH form pupil beaten unconscious in a fight which allegedly involved a gang of up to 15 youths has been told it is “pot luck” whether his broken jaw fully recovers.

A SIXTH form pupil beaten unconscious in a fight which allegedly involved a gang of up to 15 youths has been told it is “pot luck” whether his broken jaw fully recovers.

Beaten Mosiah Torres' today spoke of the horrific attack which took place at Copleston High School after the plucky 18-year-old stepped in to prevent his younger brother Eddie being bullied.

He is now back at home after spending three days in hospital with head injuries and a broken jaw following the beating on his school playing field.

But he said he is not frightened about returning to school and is more worried about the safety of his 12-year-old brother Eddie, who has learning difficulties.


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He said: “I have a very special love for him, I am very protective when it comes to Eddie and I cannot understand why people pick on this kid.”

Mosiah who moved to the UK with his family from Portugal two years ago also said a big thank you to the medical team at Ipswich Hospital who carried out the successful operation and all the people from the school who have visited him.

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But the teenager now fears his education may suffer and that his fledging singing career, which saw him on stage performing solo with the Suffolk Youth Orchestra on Friday night could be affected.

He said: “I am going to have this (metal screws in jaw) for the rest of my life. It will seriously have an impact on my singing.

“Recently I have been involved in all sorts of things and I thought about going into singing (after A levels) but now I do not know.

“I am not sure if it will heal. I cannot even open my mouth much at the moment. The doctor said hopefully it will be fine but there is always complications and it is like pot luck - you can either recover 100 per cent or you might have a problem.”

With his A-levels exams just a few months away, the hard-working student has been told by doctors to take a month's rest.

He said: “This is not a good time. I am sure it will have an effect.”

However he added he was grateful for everything the school has done for him.

Police are still investigating the incident and it is understood five students are currently suspended from Copleston, following the school's own internal investigation.

Shaun Common, the headteacher at Copleston, said he will not tolerate violence at his school.

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