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'A bully broke my daughter's nose.
The injury nearly killed her
- yet the school did nothing
to stop the attacks'
The teenager went to hospital twice after assaults by a classmate.
In the latest of our special reports, Nicholas Pyke finds out
It started with name-calling and ended with a vicious
physical assault, two trips to hospital, a court case and a month off lessons.
In between was a four-year campaign of classroom bullying against a girl whose
only crime was to be well brought up.
Repeated pleas to the school to protect her daughter were met either with no action or with an inadequate response. She has campaigned to be given a copy of the anti-bullying policy, which by law it must have. Yet, despite a request under the Freedom of Information Act, she has seen no sign of one. Although some teachers have been exemplary, in her eyes the scale of the problem has been ignored. "I don't think they want to open their eyes to the fact that they have a discipline problem," she said.
Sara is getting over it and preparing for her GCSEs. She plans to help other victims when she leaves school. Yet even now it goes on. She leaves school five minutes early and avoids certain streets.
The school's response to the criticisms is that it takes
part in a much-praised "restorative justice programme", in which victims and
perpetrators meet and talk. But the Groves say this no-blame approach has been
hopeless. "The children doing the bullying say one thing in the session, then do
another. It's difficult for the victim, too, and ends up making them feel
sub and first §§, IoS, 15.5.2005,