An Aberdeen schoolboy was taken to hospital after being attacked on a city street.
Struan Clubb, 14, was knocked unconscious after being set upon by the thugs as he walked home from school in Bridge of Don.
He had to be treated at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and is now recovering at home with loved ones.
Police have today appealed for anyone who knows who carried out the attack to call them.
Struan’s mum Lisa has told the Evening Express of the impact the ordeal has had on her son.
She said: “The attack started behind Bridge of Don Academy and ended between Bridge of Don Library on Scotstown Road.
“Struan had his head smacked off a lamp post and he was knocked unconscious.”
The vicious attack only ended when a good samaritan intervened.
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Lisa said: “A lady going into the library had to stand between Struan and the pack of boys to protect him and get him into the library.”
Struan took cover in the library until his mum picked him up and took him to ARI.
He was taken to A&E and kept in due to shock and concussion.
PC Kirsten Scobie said: “We are carrying out inquiries following the report of an assault on a 14-year-old boy in the Bridge of Don area at around 4pm on Tuesday.
“We would ask anyone with information or who witnessed the incident to contact police on 101 quoting reference number CF0280351118.”
Lisa said Struan has suffered problems with bullying at school that have escalated in recent years.
She added: “Struan does not feel safe in school, or walking to and from school, he has only recently started walking with friends. He used to have to be chaperoned there and back.
“My son was a confident, happy, friendly boy who loved life and threw himself head-first into everything he did.
“Now, he won’t leave the house without someone with him and has absolutely no interest in doing anything but sleeping, so he can escape the pain.”
On behalf of the school, an Aberdeen City Council spokeswoman said: “We cannot comment on individual cases.
“However, parents can be assured we have robust policies and procedures in place to deal with bullying, and any accusation of bullying is investigated and appropriate action is taken including involving police if necessary.
“We will continue to encourage pupils and parents to work with teachers, support staff and other partners within the anti-bullying policies in place at our schools.”