An Oldham teenager has spoken of his shock after being attacked on the way home from school.

Hulme Grammar School pupil Sean McBrien was jumped from behind by three men.

The 15-year-old was pushed to the ground before being repeatedly kicked in the head causing a black eye, bruising and embedding a tooth into his gum. He needed medical treatment for his injuries.

"It was completely unprovoked and I can’t understand why anyone would do something like that," he said.

"They just kept kicking my head over and over. I didn’t see much of them but they were older than me. It just doesn’t make any sense and I’ve never had any trouble like this."

Sean, who lives in Chadderton, had been walking down an alleyway behind houses on Windsor Road, when he was attacked shortly before 4pm last Friday.

The route is regularly used by school pupils as a shortcut to nearby shops. Sean’s friends had just left him for their bus but rushed back when they heard his shouts.

"All I could do was scream out so I did," said the straight-A pupil.

"My friends heard and turned to see me on the floor.

"They were just frozen and couldn’t believe what was happening.

"It was over pretty quickly and the men ran away. I’m just grateful my friends heard me and came back to help me."

Speaking from the family home on St George’s Square, Sean’s distraught mum Leanne said: "It’s just sickening and crazy. To think they were older than him is even worse. There were a group of grown men and we just can’t understand why they would target a schoolboy.

"We’ve never had any trouble like this before and can’t see any reasoning behind it."

Dad Vincent added: "There are always lots of children and parents around and at that time and you wouldn’t think something like this could happen in broad daylight.

"We’re just so surprised that these men are out there looking for school children to attack.

"It doesn’t make any sense as they didn’t even take anything.

"We’re thankful as it could’ve been a lot worse but we’re worried for all the other children.

"There is just no explanation for it and it’s just disgraceful. Those men should be ashamed of themselves to pick on such a young school boy."

Despite his injuries Sean has already returned to school so as not to disrupt his GCSE studies.

Hulme principal Dr Paul Neeson said: "The incident was reported to the police who responded very quickly and their investigation continues.

"Pupils have been reminded to take care with regard to their personal safety."

The attackers are all described as Asian men in their 20s and were wearing dark clothing.

The police are currently investigating the incident and appealing to any witnesses to come forward.

Call 0161 872 5050 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 with any information.