Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Harassment Made Victim Scared

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Harassment Made Victim Scared

Article excerpt

WHEN one mother's son told her he had fallen down the stairs, she believed him.

She had no reason not to.

Little did she know that her seven-year-old child was subject to vicious bullying from another boy four grades above him.

C[pounds sterling]A grade 7 child Co my son is in grade 3 Co was entering into the younger children's playground and throwing him around and kicking into him,C[yen] she said. C[pounds sterling]My son had come home with bruises on his legs and arms, but unfortunately told us that he had fallen over.C[yen]

In light of National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence, this mum has agreed to share her son's story with the Observer but asked to remain anonymous. She spoke of how her son's behaviour changed over the months he was victim to the older boy's attacks. …

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