Mothers urge bully victims to fight back

FURIOUS mothers are urging their six-year-old girls to fight back against the bullies who regularly shower them with kicks and punches.But the school today denied it had not done enough to help.

FURIOUS mothers are urging their six-year-old girls to fight back against the bullies who regularly shower them with kicks and punches.

But the school today denied it had not done enough to help.

Sharon Suckling, 30, and Tammy Manning, also 30, are speaking out today about the pain of watching their children come home covered in bruises.

They claim their daughters are regularly bullied at Whitton Primary School, in Ipswich, and say that the school is doing nothing to help.

Mrs Manning, of Wordsworth Crescent, Ipswich, said: "We are not advocating violence but I will not will not sit back and watch my children being hit, kicked and spat on.

"We are bringing up a society of victims. I was bullied myself at school and I know that you have to stand up for yourself.

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"I don't want my children to be fighting, but if that is what it comes to then so be it."

The two girls, Amanda Gladden and Abigail Manning, are best friends and always stick together. Abigail has recently taken up karate to help her stick up for herself.

Mrs Suckling, who lives on Swinburne Road, Ipswich, said her daughter Amanda has been wetting the bed for around four months, which she believes is caused by the bullying.

Mrs Suckling said: "My daughter is coming home with bruised shins and has been pushed over, punched and everything.

"I send my daughter to school to be safe and cared for but she comes home with cuts and bruises."

The mothers of the two children claim the school is not addressing the situation and the headteacher Ann Taylor, is not listening to their concerns.

Mrs Taylor said the school did listen to parents and was tackling the problem of bullying.

She said: "We do not approve of bullying of any sort at all, and we do have policies to stop it.

"We had an incident last week to do with two very young pupils and it has been dealt with. It has been addressed and nothing more has happened since. The school is calm and quiet.

"We have normal kids in the playground but there will be times when children become boisterous but it is managed very effectively in the school and with the parents."

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