Since the dawn of time children have been establishing pecking orders as they find their feet in the world. As adults, it’s our job to ensure they’re taught right from wrong, and that they’re made aware in no uncertain terms that bullying is not acceptable in any form.
Even so, the vast majority of us will have had an encounter with a bully at some point in our lives. Usually said bullies grow out of this phase, but sometimes they don’t. Sometimes, they go so far into the realms of cruelty that there is no way back, and the consequences of their actions evolve from being a steep learning curve to a need for serious punishment.
A schoolboy in the Ukraine has been left fighting for his life after bullies doused him in petrol and set him on fire. Now, 8-year-old Kyrylo Yatsun needs all our prayers.
According to the Daily Mail, Kyrylo was playing in a courtyard near his apartment block when he was viciously set upon by bullies. The boy’s mother, Eugenia Yatsun, said the bullies had no motivation to attack her son, describing them as “monsters”.
It’s said these bullies poured petrol on Kyrylo’s T-shirt and used a lighter to set it on fire. Kyrylo fell down screaming while his tormenters watched and laughed. They then fled the scene when passersby rushed to Kyrylo’s side and ripped the burning T-shirt off.