Bullies ‘set fire’ to 10-year-old special needs boy


What is going on in the world this week?

We’ve purposely avoided some of the heart-rendering and downright evil stories but feel this is important due to the growing number of emails we receive about bullying.

Kayden Culp, 10,  is on life support in an induced coma.

His organs are failing from the horrific burns to more than 20 per cent of his body, from his ears all the way down to his belly button.

The little boy from Texas is not in this heartbreaking condition due to a tragic accident – it was a deliberate act by at least one bully as other boys are alleged to have watched on while Kayden was doused in petrol and set alight on Sunday afternoon.

Kayden’s mother, Tristyn Hatchett, has revealed the last words her son said to her was when they were in the ambulance. He asked for a hug and a kiss and then told his mother that a specific boy, “needs to go to jail.”


“There’s no reason they should not already be incarcerated”

Tristyn says he exhibits autistic behaviour but has not been diagnosed. He also has trouble speaking and hearing.

“There’s no reason they should not already be incarcerated,” the 29-year-old mother News 4 San Antonio. “The other boys who were there having been telling kids at school that it was not an accident, that it was intentional.”

Tristyn said a relative of one of the boys, who was there at the time of the sickening incident, told her it was one boy who doused Kayden with gasoline and set him alight.

“My son is a special guy. He was rowdy and he liked to have fun,” she said. “He considered these guys his friends, but they would make fun of him and pick on him and tease him. He was usually the brunt of that kind of joke, but he kept playing with them.”



Kayden is described by his mum as a special guy who likes to have fun.


A child has been charged with first-degree arson

Kayden’s auntie, Kelly Mack, said her nephew was playing in a field with two other children when one boy doused him with gasoline and another set him on fire off Wallace Street in Kerrville. The floor of a shed also burned.

“The other kids are saying that he was going to be riding his bike like he always does and they said, ‘we’re going to grab him and take him inside and burn him’.” Kelly said.

The Kerrville Fire Marshal confirmed on Wednesday night that a child was taken into custody and charged with first-degree arson over the shocking attack.



Kayden is on life support in an induced coma. His organs are failing from the horrific burns to more than 20 per cent of his body.


“If it wasn’t premeditated, it still is attempted murder”

In a statement released, the boy, whose identity has not been released, is “responsible for causing the victim’s severe burns.”

Kayden’s family believes the attack was planned.

“If it wasn’t premeditated, it still is attempted murder,” his auntie said.

“He needs justice,” said family friend Ashley White. “I mean, no kid deserves to go through anything he’s going through. At all. Period.”

A YouCaring page set up for Kayden Culp which has raised more than $16,000.

If your child has been subjected to horrific bullying email us at kidspot.editor@news.com.au

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