Violent bullies attack teen who survived Toowoomba flood

YOU might not remember their names, but you remember the story.

In January 2011, 13-year-old Jordan Tyson and brother Blake were trapped in rushing floodwaters near Toowoomba.

When help arrived, Jordan told rescuers, "Take my brother first". 

John Tyson places a rose on the coffins of his partner, Donna Rice, and son, Jordan at their funeral in 2011
John Tyson places a rose on the coffins of his partner, Donna Rice, and son, Jordan at their funeral in 2011

Blake survived. Jordan was washed away to his death.
 

Their father John lost not only his son, but his wife and soul mate Donna Rice in those catastrophic floods.

After battling through so much, John is now living with Blake in a homeless shelter on the Gold Coast. Blake has been pulled out of school, after a spate of attacks from violent bullies.

On Nine's Today Show, he explained to host Karl Stefanovic how bullies have targeted Blake.

He told Karl how Blake is now being picked on because of who his brother was.

"Mate, unfortunately there's nothing I can do about it. I just had no choice but to wear it," Mr Tyson said.

He showed an image of his boy, now 15, being knocked from his skateboard.

"He's just like riding home from school, someone ran out and king-hit him off his skateboard."
 

An image of Blake Tyson after an apparent attack by violent bullies
An image of Blake Tyson after an apparent attack by violent bullies

When asked what will come next for Blake and "how will he move on," Mr Tyson said, "I have to move on first, get a job and take him with me".

There is now a petition, signed by 300,000 people to have Jordan recognised with the Cross of Valour, the highest bravery honour for Australian civilians.

Chrisco Hampers gave John and his son $30,000 and a Christmas Hamper on the Today Show the morning.

 

 


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