Student injured in 'bully' drama

A 13-YEAR-old boy spent three days in hospital after being injured in a dramatic classroom incident alleged to be the result of bullying.

A North Bundaberg High School mum told the NewsMail she was horrified at her daughter's report she had seen the boy, a regular bullying victim, slash his arm as he ran through a glass door to flee a classmate who had been terrorising him.

Education Queensland has confirmed the boy's injury, but has insisted it was not the result of bullying.

But the mum, who did not want to be identified for fear of repercussions for her children, claimed there were many instances of bullying and assaults at the school and not enough was being done to curb the problem.

Ambulance and hospital staff yesterday confirmed a boy was treated and taken to hospital after an incident at the school about 8.30am on Friday.

A Department of Community Safety spokeswoman said paramedics treated the boy for a “significant” laceration to his upper arm. He was taken to Bundaberg Hospital in a stable condition.

Wide Bay Health Service District CEO Ken Whelan confirmed the hospital admitted the boy and transferred him to the paediatric ward until his release on Monday.

The school mum said her daughter, who had also been subjected to bullying, had witnessed the distressing incident and her son had stumbled across the bloody scene minutes later.

“The boy ... has been subjected to bullying all year,” she said.

“He was locked into a classroom by one of the well-known school bullies, another Year 9 (student).”

The bully was later allegedly seen laughing and pointing before the victim collapsed.

Education Queensland North Coast district regional director Greg Peach said the boy was injured “after running at a glass door in an attempt to open it”.

“This incident was an accident, and did not involve bullying,” Mr Peach said.

He said staff were quick to give first aid and an ambulance was called immediately, and fellow students were given counselling – a fact that is disputed by the mother.

Mr Peach said any student found to be bullying was dealt with under the school's responsible behaviour plan.



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