'School must act' on bullying claims
Two Year 1 students have shared stories with their parents of violent clashes with older students during school hours, returning home from Avoca State School with bloodied mouths.
The two students are in the same class, but their parents say the problems are widespread, and despite constantly alerting staff, nothing is being done to curb the violence.
“Every afternoon it’s a talking point, the kids are talking about the bullying that went on that day, it’s a constant worry,” one mother said.
The fresh allegations follow the June 2007 claims of a six-year-old Avoca student being assaulted during lunch time.
The matter was investigated by police and no action was taken.
Similarly to that occasion, parents have contacted the NewsMail, concerned that their cry for help had fallen on deaf ears.
“We haven’t received notification when our daughter has been injured, and no incident reports have been filed, even though we picked her up from school and her mouth was still bleeding from a head clash,” one father said.
“I’ve told our daughter to tell the teacher, but she says she is told to go and sit down.”
The six-year-old hates the thought of facing the abuse, but fears a change of schools would mean losing her only friends.
Another concerned parent listened as her son told he was taken into the toilets and faced a strangling attempt.
“He was saying how they were taking turns lying on top of him and choking him,” the distressed mother said.
Avoca State School declined to comment when approached by the NewsMail, but an Education Queensland spokesperson said students found to be bullying school mates are subject to discipline under the school’s responsible behaviour plan for students and that concerned parents should speak with the school.