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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
what angry parents like Sue Groves can do when schools fail to act


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.

Sue and Steve Groves expected secondary school to be a safe and orderly place for their daughter Sara, even if Chatham, in Kent, has more than its fair share of problems. Yet, like thousands of families around the country, they have had a very different experience of the education system. Instead of scholarship, there has been disruption, intimidation, official obfuscation and then, last year, the physical blow that shattered Sara's nose, spilling blood down her uniform.


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 worse."

Around 60 per cent of schoolchildren say they are bullied, according to Michele Elliott from the Kidscape child protection charity, and 10 per cent of the cases are so serious they lead to self-harm or even suicide. "The frustration is when parents report something, yet nothing seems to happen," she said. "Then, when they bother the school to try to get some kind of result, they're branded as difficult parents. To blame the victim is despicable."

Headline, sub and first §§, IoS, 15.5.2005,