Bullies make girl's life a misery

AN IPSWICH school came in the firing line again today accused for the second time in a week of doing nothing to combat bullying.A day after mum Deana Martin revealed the torment her 11-year-old suffers at Castle Hill Junior school, another brave pupil, this time aged just nine, has agreed to make a stand.

AN IPSWICH school came in the firing line again today accused for the second time in a week of doing nothing to combat bullying.

A day after mum Deana Martin revealed the torment her 11-year-old suffers at Castle Hill Junior school, another brave pupil, this time aged just nine, has agreed to make a stand.

But head teacher Ruth Hart insists her school has a "well-developed procedure and policy for anti-bullying".

Since Bethany Webb joined the school three years ago, her mum claims she has been punched, kicked, covered from top to toe in black paint, pelted by stones and had her coat flushed down the toilet.


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Hayley Webb's devastating testimony comes on the same day a Childline report accuses schools of not doing enough to tackle the problem.

Chairwoman Ester Rantzen said: "The message is children are giving is clear – schools are not doing enough."

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The sentiments were echoed by Mrs Webb, who lives in Coleridge Road.

She said: "I have tried everything but the school doesn't seem interested. I have spoken to the education department and the chairman of the board of governors. I was at the school yesterday trying to sort it out.

"Every day I live in fear of getting a call from the school. When she was hit in the head by a stone she could have been knocked unconscious or even killed."

Mrs Webb was given assurance that if her daughter was bullied again, the nine-year-old responsible would be given a fixed term exclusion.

She said: "But soon after that, the same boy flicked elastic against her legs. It's terrible for a parent to know that their child is going through hell. You expect a school to be safe. Hardly a day goes by when Bethany is not bullied. She cries at home all the time and on Sunday evening she can hardly bear the thought of going back to school."

Mrs Webb's five-year-old son Rupert attends Castle Hill Infant school. She said: "There is no bullying there because it simply is not tolerated."

Recently Deana Martin, of Parnell Road, spoke out about the constant fear her son Kyle lives with.

She said: "He has been punched and there is name calling. I don't feel there is enough done to combat this."

Today head teacher Mrs Hart said: "I would like to reassure parents that at Castle Hill Junior School we take bullying very seriously.

"Our behaviour policy is based on the belief we should all demonstrate and develop tolerance, kindness and consideration for others.

"Whenever there is an incident of bullying, staff work with those involved by developing co-operative play and offering support to those children who are being bullied. We also have a number of groups and employ a children's counsellor.

"Staff at Castle Hill Junior School will continue to work with parents and children whenever incidents occur to maintain a safe environment for everyone and parents who have any concerns are welcome to make an appointment to discuss things further."

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