GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A 12-year-old bullying victim says he is still recovering from an in-school attack that left him unconscious and sent him to the hospital a year ago.
A bully beat Hector Varela in the head and chest in Nov. 2011 while the two were in class together at Hairston Middle School in Greensboro.
"I know I was in a fight, but I don't remember anything else," Varela said.
His mother Christina Green said she never knew her son was being bullied.
"Little by little he started coming out with 'well the boy did this to me and I can't tell anybody because the boy said he would kill my family,'" Green said.
Green hopes her son's story will give other kids courage to come forward as other parents a reason to check in with their kids so this doesn't happen to anyone else.
"Definitely look for the signs. Talk to your kid constantly. Make sure that they know you are there for them," Green said.
The family pressed charges against the bully. He is now in juvenile detention.