By Alesha Capone
A mother has appealed for information after her a video of her 15-year-old son being punched in the face at a Truganina park was uploaded to social media.
The mother, who asked to remain anonymous, said her son was at Mahbeers Talliver Park – which is located near Talliver Terrace and University Road – when the random attack occurred between 3-4pm on Sunday, September 11.
The boy, who was with his 14-year-old girlfriend, was approached by a pair of youths unknown to him.
The mother said one of the offenders said something to her son about being in a gang and also racially vilified him, before punching him in the face.
Her son fell to the ground unconscious, before his girlfriend started screaming.
The other youth was filming the attack up until he and his companion ran away.
The video has since been uploaded to Instagram and “gone viral”, the boy’s mother said.
She said many people have contacted her son after seeing the video.
“My son had his hand in his pocket, you could see he was not fighting back,” his mother said.
After the attack, her son’s girlfriend called his father, who took the 15-year-old to hospital.
The mother said her son is now experiencing difficulty eating, due to his facial injuries, and was having headaches too.
“He is receiving lots of support from his friends and school,” the mother said.
The mother said she hoped anyone with information about the offenders’ identities would contact police.
She also said she wanted other parents to talk to their children about being safe at local parks.
The offenders were perceived to be of Indian appearance and aged in their late teens.
One was wearing a red, white and blue jacket, a blue beanie and had glasses.
The other was wearing black clothing.
Investigations into the incident remain ongoing, anyone with information that could assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au