A teenage boy from Dublin was the victim of a vicious racist attack in Crumlin yesterday, leaving his face bloodied and bruised.
Sean Monnelli (15) was having lunch with friends in Sundrive Park at 12:20pm on Monday, when he was physically attacked and verbally abused by three adults – one of whom had a child in a pram with them during the attack.
Sean’s father, Thierry, shared images of the injuries that Sean sustained during the unprovoked attack on social media, showing him with a swollen eye and numerous cuts and bruises to his face.
“I have worked in Crumlin 14 years, and helped and supported a lot of people through the education and courts system,” Thierry wrote in a widely shared post.
“I still believe in the community, but my son didn’t deserve this! Yes, I am a teacher and a community worker, but today I am a dad.
“I feel broken.”
Sean was taken to Crumlin Children’s Hospital with his injuries, which the adults inflicted upon him whilst shouting racial slurs at the student.
Several residents of the Sundrive area have left comments of support on Thierry’s post. One local said: “This is disgusting. I’ve grown up in this area all my life and am very sad and shocked to see this.
“I hope your son is ok, I hope the community stands up firmly against this and I hope the scumbags that done this get named and arrested.”
Another Crumlin resident said: “That’s disgusting. I walk in sundrive Park, so sad to hear this, please god your son will be okay, shame on the people who did this.”
In a statement, Gardai said: “Gardaí are investigating an assault that occurred in Sundrive Park at approximately 12:20pm this afternoon, Monday 21 September 2020. A male juvenile in his teens was taken to Crumlin Children’s Hospital to be treated for his injuries.
“No arrests have been made at this time, investigations are ongoing.”