Matiss Barvids (18) from Zurich-Altstetten is a shy boy. Although it is 1.81 meters tall, it only weighs around 50 kilograms. The boy with Latvian roots has autism.
He was beaten up by teenagers on Easter Monday. His mother Sigita (40) is horrified: “The three attackers beat my son. With this act you have inflicted enormous emotional damage on him. “
Beats in broad daylight
It happened around 2 p.m. at the Lindenplatz tram stop. Without warning, six teenagers surround the autistic person. “One of them told me to take out my Air Pods immediately. I did it, »says Matiss. He understood that it would end badly if he did not comply with the demand.
Nevertheless, the situation escalates: «One of them hit me with his fist. Then the second, then the third. ” The boy received three blows in the face: “I got dizzy.” The attackers flee. Matiss is bleeding from his mouth, later his face swells. The attack weighs on the man from Zurich: “I feel crappy. I can’t eat anything, I don’t want to go out. “
Now he has panic attacks
Matiss sustains various injuries during the attack. One tooth is wobbling. But the emotional damage weighs heavier, so the beating victim.
The mother also knows that the incident is a major setback in Matiss’ development: “He was afraid to go out alone and be alone in public transport.” But after more than a year of hard struggle, he finally made it: «He went to school and work alone, for example. After this attack, we now have to start over. He has panic attacks again. “
Zurich City Police determined
The mother hopes that at some point her son will dare to go outside alone again. And: “That he then no longer has to be afraid of anything or anyone.”
The Zurich city police are aware of the attack. The investigation is ongoing, says spokeswoman Judith Hödl. “The Zurich City Police are taking this case seriously and are working on the matter.”
There has been no arrest so far. A possible call for witnesses is also still open.
Published: April 7th, 2021, 7:11 pm
Last updated: April 7, 2021, 36 minutes ago