*Warning: Some viewers might find the following images disturbing*
When a 15-year-old boy from Bridgend, South Wales stepped off the school bus, he had no way of anticipating the brutal attack that would befall him by a group of bullies.
The unnamed minor was the victim of a vicious attack last week that ended with deep gashes on his left cheek, the right side of his face was severely swollen and his lips were torn and bloody. It is suspected that he has a broken jaw.
The images were shared by a family friend, Sarah Davies, who urged others to share and contact the police if they know anything. The family is asking for anyone with information about the incident to please step forward.
Since Davies posted the picture (with his mother's permission), the photo of the young victim has been shared 8,000 times by residents who are both shocked and disgusted.
Many can't believe how something like this could happen, while others say that this kind of assault goes beyond bullying.
One 17-year-old boy has been arrested and bailed pending further investigation. A spokesperson for the South Wales Police says the incident occurred as the victim got off a bus at Woodland Place at around 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8, 2017.
Anyone with information is urged to contact police in Brigend.
Would you call this bullying - or is it something worse? Assault? How would you handle a situation like this? Let us know in the comments below