A Sydney boy has been left with horrific injuries that will take months to heal from after a cruel incident that occurred at a parent-teacher night.
Noah Lyle suffered serious burns after a teenage girl allegedly poured boiling water all down his back in a nasty bullying act.
The incident occurred during a parent-teacher night at Blacktown Youth College in Sydney’s west, after the 10-year-old tried to strike up a conversation with a 16-year-old girl.
His devastated mother Tessa Hennings said that her son was simply trying to make friends when the unthinkable happened.
Tessa was heartbroken for her son, who she said was only trying to make friends. Picture: 7News
“We were just up at the girl’s high school for parent-teacher interviews, ”she told 7NEWS.
“Next minute we heard Noah screaming.”
It is understood that the young boy was trying to break the ice with the teenage girl when she poured boiling water down his back.
Noah’s sister Meredith was the first to help her little brother.
“I went behind him and lifted his shirt,” she said.
“I realised that the skin was burning up.”
Shocked teachers at the college showered Noah in cold water until paramedics arrived.
Tessa said she confronted the teenage girl before calling the police.
“I said, ‘Were you the one that hurt my child?’,” the mum explained.
Noah suffered horrific injuries as a result of the girl’s cruel act. Picture: 7News
“She’s like ‘no” and just said nothing. That’s when I called the police because this was wrong.”
The teenager was ordered to stay home by the school, but the mum claims police say she is unlikely to be charged.
“I said to police ‘That’s grievous bodily harm, why didn’t it go any further?’” Tessa recalled.
“And they said it’s because of the children’s criminal act.”
The Children’s Criminal Act states that a child should not face criminal proceedings unless under specific circumstances.
One of these circumstances includes the ‘violent nature of the offence’.
The mum says it will take at least two months for the burns to heal. Picture: 7News
The mum said the entire incident was caught on CCTV, which police are yet to review but have reportedly spoke with the girl who has since apologised for her actions.
However, young Noah is still suffering from the immense pain that the boiling water caused and says the burns, which are estimated to take two months to heal, “hurt whenever they are touched”.
“He said ‘This is what I get for making friends’,” his mum said.
“That was pretty sad because Noah’s a friendly kid he’ll talk to anyone, he doesn’t discriminate.
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“There should be consequences, I think.”
News.com.au have reached out to Blacktown Youth College for comment.
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