Mother ends up on wrong side of law
JULIE Velzian and her daughter ended up on the wrong side of the law when they confronted the family of an alleged bully.Ipswich mum Mrs Velzian decided to take action when her daughter, Orianna Davies talked about taking her own life but police had to be called in.
JULIE Velzian and her daughter ended up on the wrong side of the law when they confronted the family of an alleged bully.
Ipswich mum Mrs Velzian decided to take action when her daughter, Orianna Davies talked about taking her own life but police had to be called in.
But she and her 14-year-old daughter Orainna ended up with police cautions when events spiralled out of control.
Mrs Velzian, of Rands Way, Ipswich, accepted her actions were not the best way forward, but said she felt forced to take matters into her own hands.
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She said: "Things have spilled out of the school into the street and now into the homes of the families involved.
"It should never have got to this stage, but we were very upset.
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"I just felt at my wits end. My daughter suffers from migraines and she said to me, "mum, I might as well take the whole lot of these pills."
Mrs Velzian blames Holywells High School for failing to take action when the problems were first reported.
But the school said the issue had been dealt with by a number of teachers, co-ordinated by a senior member of staff.
Mrs Velzian said: "I think we have all been let down by the school - not just my daughter but also the bullies.
"I've been up to see them on many occasions and I must have seen about five different teachers. I've never been given just one person I can deal with.
"I've spoken to the parents of some of the bullies and they say they have not been made aware of the situation.
"It is just very bad communication and I do not know where to turn next."
A school spokesman insisted Holywells had a strong anti-bullying policy.
She said: "Like all good schools, Holywells High School takes the issue of bullying very seriously.
"The school council has been actively involved in drawing up and promoting a student code of conduct and this operates in addition to many other anti-bullying initiatives."
The spokesman stressed members of staff were always available for students and children and said the school was hosting an anti-bullying roadshow on Wednesday to highlight the issue.
Suffolk Police said they worked closely with Holywells on its anti-bullying procedures through Police Education Partnership Officer Pc Dave Bevan.