Reece Gaddes, 11, of Grafton was left scarred after a rock hit his face (inset) while he, his father Scott and brother Tyler were driving down Arthur St in Grafton. Photo: Debrah Novak
Reece Gaddes, 11, of Grafton was left scarred after a rock hit his face (inset) while he, his father Scott and brother Tyler were driving down Arthur St in Grafton. Photo: Debrah Novak

Rocks in their heads

IT’S the sort of thing that would make any father’s blood boil – and Scott Gaddes is no exception.

Mr Gaddes and his two young sons were driving eastbound along Arthur St, Grafton, about 7.40pm on Tuesday, March 29, when he heard a loud bang.

He saw some boys who had been standing on the southern side of the road begin to scatter in several directions.

“It sounded like the rocks hit the car and I thought ‘you little bastards’ I hit the brakes and spun around,” Mr Gaddes said.

“Reece said ‘it hit me dad’ and in the rush I couldn’t kind of put it all together.

“I got out of the car and was going to chase them but then Reece said: ‘Please dad, I’m bleeding.

"We need to go to the hospital’.”

It was only then, under the light provided by the car door opening, that Scott realised the extent of Reece’s injuries.

“There was blood all over his face and his clothes.”

It turns out the 11-year-old had suffered a minor fracture to his skull and an abrasion requiring four stitches only a few centimetres from his left eye.

“It was really a blessing in disguise that I didn’t catch them,” Mr Gaddes said.

“I’ll do anything to protect my kids or get those that hurt them.”

Mr Gaddes said Reece had recognised some of the rock throwers as former students of his school, Westlawn Public, who were now at high school.

The incident was reported to police, who managed to identify a key suspect – a 15-year-old boy.

Inspector Joanne Reid said although no formal charges had yet been laid, action on the matter was imminent.



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