The boys attack Basini almost every night, yanking him out of bed and pushing him up the stairs to the attic. No teacher will hear his screams there. They force him to undress, then whip his back. Naked and defenseless, the boy cowers while his tormentors force him to cry, "I'm a beast!" During the day other students surround him in the school yard and shove him around until he collapses, bloodied and soiled.